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Peter Lehmann Art `n` Soul Shiraz Cabernet

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Peter Lehmann Art `n` Soul

Peter Lehmann, with 33 vintages already under his belt, 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 huge chunk of its old vines.

The Art ‘n‘ Soul wines are produced with everyday drinking in mind. Each wine offers value, balance and accessibility, all three of which are the foundation stones upon which the winery was built.

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Vineyards

Peter Lehmann Wines works with over 140 growers across the length and breadth of the Barossa Valley region, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites. Fruit for this wine was selection from well established premium vineyards dotted throughout the Barossa Valley.

Vintage information

Unusually mild cloudy weather throughout 2011 has given rise to softly textured red wines with good varietal definition. Four times the average rainfall was recorded and many growers had to contend with downy mildew, powdery mildew and botrytis, but excellent vineyard management resulted in good yields of both the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Vinification

The fruit was crushed and fermented on skins for seven days prior to pressing off. The wine was then aged in French and American hogsheads for 12 months to impart additional complexity and structure. Careful blending created a wine of great balance and flavour.

Tasting Notes

Bright red in colour with a bouquet of blackcurrant, crushed leaves and a touch of dark chocolate. The palate shows good cabernet structure with added richness from the Shiraz. Medium bodied, the wine has a pleasant finish with lingering black fruits.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 53% Syrah/Shiraz
46% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petit Verdot
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Andrew Wigan
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 5.89g/l
Residual Sugar 2.7g/l
Wine pH 3.55