Peter Lehmann started his own winery in 1979, partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa. “I’ll take your grapes and turn them into wine,” he told the desperate growers, many of them conservative farmers of Silesian descent who regarded their old vines as part of their patrimony. “But I’ll only be able to pay you when I sell the wine.” They gratefully accepted. Without this deal, it is widely thought that the Barossa would have lost a large swathe of its old vines. The crisis passed, in large part thanks to Peter’s energy and vision, and the Lehmann winery became one of the Barossa’s – and Australia’s – outstanding wineries.
To produce the Botrytis Semillon Barossa Valley Peter Lehmann Masters, the hand-picked fruit was gently basket pressed. The juice was then clarified and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. Due to the high concentration of sugar in the grapes, the fermentation was stopped at approximately seven baume and 11% alcohol. Peter Lehmann works with over [...]
Bright red with a dense black core, this wine has concentrated aromas of plum, blackberry and dark chocolate with a hint of fennel. The palate is quintessentially 'Black Queen', with a gentle mousse, naturally low in tannins, soft and abundant in rich blue fruit flavours and a Christmas cake finish. Best enjoyed now, however, will comfortably develop further in the cellar for a further 10-12 years.
This wine is deep bright red in colour. The nose displays aromas of ripe plums alongside notes of sweet dark chocolate, coffee and warm spices. On the palate it is rich and full-bodied with concentrated flavours of chocolate and sweet spices supported by soft, velvety tannins.
While bottle ageing in the Tanunda cellars, the wine has developed an attractive bright straw colour. Aromas of lemon curd, lime rind and honey are evident on the complex nose and are complemented by hints of lanolin and beeswax on a soft rounded mid-palate that superbly balances this lively, zesty wine.