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 ‘Hill & Valley’ wines are made from fruit selected, often from single vineyards, in the Barossa Valley and from the higher reaches of the adjacent Eden Valley. The barrel fermented Chardonnay, made from a vineyard in Wilton planted with the new Dijon clones, is a bright and restrained example of the new style of Australian Chardonnay. The Riesling, also from the Eden Valley, is pristine and limey, while the Shiraz, made with fruit sourced from six different sub-districts of the Barossa, is lifted, vibrant and modern.
Peter Lehmann works with over 140 growers, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites. The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Eastern slopes of the Eden Valley. Lying at 380m above sea level, the acidic sandy soils enhance the natural acidity of the Riesling grapes.
Good winter and early spring rain set the vines up well for the 2014 vintage. Wind and frost negatively impacted fruit set but late spring and summer experienced warm, dry days. The harvest began with very hot weather interrupted by two days of heavy rain in mid February. An Indian Summer allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, producing exceptional quality.
The fruit was picked early, crushed, chilled and the juice immediately separated from the skins to enhance delicacy. Following cold fermentation in stainless tanks the wine was clarified and bottled.
A fresh and lively Riesling with a delicate green tinge and hints of freshly picked limes. The palate shows great fruit purity with a refreshingly crisp, dry finish.
|Region||Eden Valley, South Australia|
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