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Peter Lehmann Masters Botrytis Semillon

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Peter Lehmann Masters

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 ‘Masters‘ wines are made from the parcels regarded by the winemakers as the best Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz of the vintage.

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Vineyards

Peter Lehmann 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 selected Barossa vineyards including our own Peter Lehmann Semillon vineyard on the banks of the Para River.

Vintage information

Generally considered an incredibly challenging vintage across Australia, the cool damp conditions in 2011 were ideal for this wine, encouraging botrytis to appear at the end of the season in all of the Semillon vineyards. This developed to a high degree, enabling the team to make arguably the best Botrytis Semillon in their history to date.

Vinification

The grapes were crushed and left on skins overnight before being pressed the next day. The juice was then clarified and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks, prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

A beautiful golden colour that will intensify with bottle age. The bouquet is chock full of honey and lime marmalade. Deliciously luscious and counterbalanced by natural acidity, this is a dessert wine with the highest of pedigree.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 98% Semillon
2% Riesling
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Andrew Wigan
Alcohol (ABV) 11%
Acidity 8.4g/l
Residual Sugar 128g/l
Wine pH 3.28
Bottle Size 37.5cl