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Peter Lehmann Hill & Valley Barossa Valley Shiraz

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Peter Lehmann Hill & Valley

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.

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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 comes from three premium vineyards in the sub-regions of Koonunga, Tanunda and Lyndoch, producing a wine that is consistent with the original Peter Lehmann Shiraz style: robust and generous.

Vintage information

The 2012 vintage came early and was very small. A warmer spring and cooler summer summarised the 2012 vintage conditions. Vine health was very good coming out of spring and combined with a mild summer and only three rain events over three months during vintage, this resulted in some excellent wines being produced.  The reds are beautifully balanced with great colour and varietal definition.

Vinification

The grapes were machine harvested across the sites and combined upon arrival at the winery. The wine was fermented on skins for seven days to maximise colour and flavour, then aged for 12 months in French oak hogsheads.

Tasting Notes

This deeply coloured limited release Shiraz shows dark forest fruit and chocolate flavours with a classical fine tannin finish. The richly structured palate makes this a wine that drinks beautifully now but with the capacity to benefit from a few years in the cellar.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Andrew Wigan
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.5g/l
Residual Sugar 3g/l
Wine pH 3.56