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Peter Lehmann Masters Wigan Riesling

Eden Valley, South Australia

Peter Lehmann Masters

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 ‘Masters‘ wines are made from the parcels regarded by the winemakers as the best Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz of the vintage.

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Vineyards

Known for producing truly world class Riesling, the soils of the Eden Valley are shallow and rocky. The fruit for this wine comes from a single vineyard owned by the Petney family in the Eden Valley sub-region, High Eden.

Vintage information

The 2009 vintage started early with a week of hot weather. Following this, the weather settled down to an extended spell of warm, dry days and cool nights producing wines with excellent colour and flavour. After the extreme temperature of the second half of the 2008 vintage, it was good to receive average rainfall over winter and follow up rains of 100mm in November and December. This was followed by a period of hot weather in late January, lasting through to early February. Conditions from then on were favourable with no extreme heat and little rain until late April. Vintage started two weeks later than 2007 and 2008 with yields generally down.

Vinification

The grapes were picked early and fermented cold in stainless steel for two weeks before clarification. Bottling took place immediately, then the wine was cellared at the winery for five years prior to release.

Tasting Notes

A delicate yellow in colour with a green tinge. The bouquet shows classic Eden Valley lime juice characters with some toasty fresh baked brioche notes. The pristine palate finishes dry, with zesty minerality.

Vintage information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Riesling
Region Eden Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Andrew Wigan
Alcohol (ABV) 11%
Acidity 7.3g/l
Residual Sugar 5.4g/l
Wine pH 2.86