Peter Lehmann The Barossan Barossa Valley Grenache 2020
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 90% Grenache 10% Montepulciano
With purple hues and a bright crimson edge, this wine is extremely fragrant, revealing aromas of fresh strawberries, maraschino cherries and peppery spices. This is a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins and flavours of juicy berries alongside more exotic notes of pomegranate and rose.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from premium Grenache vineyards on the Barossa Valley floor, ranging from young vines to centenarian vines. Some of the strongest, old bush vine parcels are located in the north and west of the valley (Greenock, Moppa and Ebenezer districts), making up the backbone of the blend.
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.