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VSV 1885 Shiraz

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Peter Lehmann Very Special Vineyard

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.

Over the decades, certain vineyards have consistently stoody out to the winemakers for their quality and individual character. Fruit from these vineyards is set aside when the vintage permits and made in small batches to highlight this character as single vineyard wines under the "VSV" label. Volumes are limited but the wines are outstanding. The 1885 Shiraz is well worth a look: it is made from a vineyard planted in 1885 in the Ebenezer district, yet the fruit has a liveliness and intensity that makes it sing in the glass.

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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. Ebenezer, in the north-west of the Barossa, is home to Ralph and Angela Schrapel. Their four acre patch of Shiraz, planted on red brown earth soils in 1885, is planted on its own roots at over 300 metres above sea level. The vines are extremely low yielding, producing a red wine of rich colour and flavour intensity.

Vintage information

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


The wine was fermented on skins for 10 days to maximise colour and flavour and then aged for 12 months in French oak Hogsheads.

Tasting Notes

From a vineyard planted in 1855, the wine is deep and vibrant red in colour with complex aromas of dark cherry and hints of black pepper. This is a stylish, fruit driven dry red that displays a wonderful marriage of varietal and site.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Andrew Wigan
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.4g/l
Residual Sugar 2.9g/l
Wine pH 3.55