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.
Deep ruby-purple in colour. On the nose, aromas of dark plum, chocolate and menthol abound, with a subtle toasty oak complexity lingering in the background. The palate is full bodied and opulent, but finishes with typically elegant ‘1885’ tannin structure. The perfect balance of power and grace that is characteristic of old vine Barossa Shiraz.