Peter Lehmann, Portrait Shiraz
The benchmark Shiraz? Certainly it's one of them. This is one of the best ways you can remind yourself of just how and why Australian wines rocked the wine market all those years ago. It's perfectly smooth, balanced and rich enough to balance its generous alcohol. Taken from old vines sourced from across the Barossa region in South Australia, it is full of black berry, currants and damson with cocoa and licorice spices sitting squarely on top.
Lehmann's wines and their legacy are considerable. The story of the winery has reminiscences of the Vincent Lingiarri struggle, as grape growers in the Barossa were being deprived of their living by companies refusing to pay and honour contracts. Lehmann essentially saved the region by taking out a loan and building a winery to vinify the excessive amount of grapes harvested in the region. The first wine was The Futures Shiraz, named as a commitment that Lehmann was giving to the growers' own future, as well as his own. Working this closely and successfully with vineyards in the region has given him unparalleled privilege in being able to source the best quality fruit available, and it's obvious that it isn't just saved for the best wine either: grape for grape, these are some of the best value wines from Barossa, year after year after year.
- Mature Cheeses
- Red Meats
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