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Peter Lehmann Weighbridge Unoaked Chardonnay

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Peter Lehmann Weighbridge

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.

These wines are named after the Weighbridge where the growers deliver their fruit each autumn. They are easy drinking, but still bear the stamp of Peter Lehmann quality.

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Vineyards

Peter Lehmann Wines has established a close partnership with growers in South Australia enabling the production of a rich and vibrant wine with strong varietal definition.

Vintage information

2013 was the earliest vintage ever. The weather was fine and dry throughout and heat waves in February brought harvest the forward. A small crop produced outstanding white wines that show delicacy and great purity of fruit.

Vinification

The fruit was picked early, crushed and chilled and the juice separated immediately from the skins to enhance delicacy. After fermentation the wine was rested on its yeast lees for three months to increase texture.

Tasting Notes

Attractive light green and gold in colour. Appealing aromas of freshly cut white peaches. It has a beautiful soft depth of fruit on the middle palate and finishes clean and dry. A delightful example of a youthful, fruit driven, unoaked style of Chardonnay.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 98% Chardonnay
2% Semillon
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Andrew Wigan
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 6.03g/l
Residual Sugar 5.3g/l
Wine pH 3.31