Peter Lehmann Hill & Valley Eden Valley Chardonnay 2021
Region: Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia
Bottle size: 75cl
This Chardonnay is bright straw in colour. On the nose, there are aromas of peach, nectarine accompanied by nutmeg, almond spice and charred wood in the background. The palate is full of soft white nectarine with hints of lemon.
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 grapes for this wine were sourced from three vineyards in the Eden Valley, maintained by William Hurn, Ben Zander and Rick Steicke. The higher altitude of these sites and the shallow, rocky/shaley nature of the soils produce high quality Chardonnay grapes with good acidity.
Peter Lehmann 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 large swathe of its old vines. The crisis passed, in large part thanks to Peter’s energy and vision, and the Lehmann winery became one of the Barossa’s – and Australia’s – outstanding wineries. It was for his role as saviour of the Barossa and as the creator of this winery, that Peter was named ‘Personality of the Year’ by the International Wine Challenge in 2009.