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Peter Lehmann Layers Red

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Peter Lehmann Layers

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.

Since its first vintage, the Peter Lehmann winery has championed Shiraz and Semillon, the two great traditional varieties of the Barossa. The Layers blends use these two varieties as a base upon which to build a wine that expresses the new face of the Barossa, using varieties that are new or innovative. These smartly packaged wines show that while Peter Lehamann is a traditional winery, it continues to be as innovative today as it was 35 years ago. 

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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. The fruit for this wine was sourced from premium vineyard sites across the region.

Vintage information

The 2012 vintage came early and was small. The weather was mild throughout and the quality of the red wines was outstanding, they are beautifully balanced with great colour and varietal definition.

Vinification

Each variety is individually fermented to dryness on skins then matured in old French and American oak for seven months prior to bottling under screwcap to ensure consistency of quality.

Tasting Notes

The colour is vibrant red with a burst of dark cherry and spice on the bouquet leading to a softly textured finish. Shiraz delivers fruit depth and structure, while the Tempranillo is firm and savoury. Mourvedre brings a wild earthiness and all are bound together by the aromatic and spicy nature of Grenache which softens the palate.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 64% Syrah/Shiraz
13% Tempranillo
12% Mourvedre
11% Grenache/Garnacha
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Andrew Wigan
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.2g/l
Residual Sugar 3g/l
Wine pH 3.6