2012 Peter Lehmann Layers, Barossa Valley Red
64% Syrah/Shiraz , 13% Tempranillo, 12% Mourvèdre, 11% Grenache/Garnacha. The colour is vibrant red with a burst of dark cherry and spice on the bouquet leading to a softly textured finish. Shiraz delivers fruit depth and structure, while the Tempranillo is firm and savoury. Mourvedre brings a wild earthiness and all are bound together by the aromatic and spicy nature of Grenache which softens the palate.
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 was sourced from premium vineyard sites across the region.
Each variety is individually fermented to dryness on skins then matured in old French and American oak for seven months prior to bottling under screwcap to ensure consistency of quality.
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. Since its first vintage, the Peter Lehmann winery has championed Shiraz and Semillon, the two great traditional varieties of the Barossa. The Layers blends use these two varieties as a base upon which to build a wine that expresses the new face of the Barossa, using varieties that are new or innovative. These smartly packaged wines show that while Peter Lehamann is a traditional winery, it continues to be as innovative today as it was 40 years ago.
2018 Pinot Noir "Innocent Bystander", Yarra Valley
100% Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir has beautiful fruit which shines through its velvety mouthfeel and soft, savoury tannins. Only large, old oak barriques are used to age the wine, keeping the fruit character to the fore. This Pinot Noir has aromas of boysenberries, cherry and cranberry with earthy notes of dried spices. On the palate, this wine has a velvety mouthfeel with soft savoury tannins which make a lovely finish.
This wine is produced from a number of vineyards that span the Yarra Valley from Paul's Range at Dixons Creek in the north across to Bastard Hill in the very cool southern Upper Yarra. The vineyards were chosen in particular for their high diurnal temperature range, resulting in wines with high natural acidity and low pH. Yields are less than seven tonnes per hectare.
All grapes were hand picked and destemmed, with 10% kept as whole bunches. The must was cold soaked for four days before fermentation took place in stainless steel open fermenters with daily hand plunging. The wine was matured in a combination of French oak (10% new) and stainless steel tanks for nine months.
This winery changed hands in May 2016, with one family company, Brown Brothers, taking it off the hands of another, its founder, Phil Sexton. So associated is Innocent Bystander with the Yarra Valley that the new owners made the intelligent decision to build a new winery in Healesville, just across the parking lot from Giant Steps. They quickly signed contracts with all the grape growers that Phil used for Innocent Bystander, so that the style of the wines remains unchanged. This regional and varietal style, reflecting the soil, climate and topography of the cool climate in the Yarra Valley is the base upon which the reputation of Innocent Bystander has been built.
2016 Mitolo Cabernet Sauvignon, "Jester" McLaren Vale
100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bright and fragrant with signature Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of blackcurrant, menthol and tobacco leaf. Full bodied with ripe black fruits, dark chocolate and lifted herbaceous notes. The liqueured Morello cherry character contributed by the component of Amarone fruit adds to this richly textured wine which is framed by ripe tannins and mouth-watering acidity.
The grapes come from the Willunga district of McLaren Vale, where there are heavy grey loam soils over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay. These soils, combined with the maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins.
20% of the grapes were left to dry on 10 kilogram drying racks for seven weeks in the traditional Amarone manner to concentrate flavour. The fruit was fermented on its skins for six to ten days at cool temperatures to enhance the pure berry fruit flavour. Natural malolactic fermentation occurred before the wine was racked. The wine was then aged for nine months in used French oak barrels.
Mitolo is a family owned winery established in 1999 by Frank Mitolo. Mitolo's vision is to create individual, handcrafted premium wines built on passion and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Winemaker Ben Glaetzer became a partner in the business in 2001. The fusion of Frank's intimate knowledge of the land and business acumen with Ben's winemaking talent has led to the creation of one of Australia's most exciting wineries.
Mitolo 'Jester' McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
Silken, savoury and medium-bodied. Ripe cassis flavours are followed closely by a complex mix of savoury characters with cigar-box, brambles and earthy undergrowth notes. A lovely, tight spine of acidity runs through the palate.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Mitolo `Jester` McLaren Vale Shiraz
This wine is bright ruby red in colour with a vivid purple rim in the glass. Aromas of ripe dark fruits such as blood plum and blackberry are complemented by savoury notes of black olives and oak char. On the palate, it is a full-bodied, mouth-filling wine with fine grained tannins and concentrated dark fruits, and a hint of coffee and mocha on the long finish.
Dandelion `Menagerie of the Barossa` Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro
The wine is deep red with youthful violet hues, with a nose that offers an intriguing mix of cherries, raspberry sweets and pink pepper. The palate offers wild cherry, blackberry and a hint of balsamic balanced by spicy oak. This wine has a high level of natural acidity, well-balanced by the fine, rounded tannins.
80% Grenache/Garnacha , 15% Syrah/Shiraz, 5% Mataro
Dandelion `Lionheart of Barossa` Shiraz
This wine is intense crimson in colour, with a youthful purple hue. On the nose, it has lifted aromas of ripe blackberries, blueberries, spicy pepper notes and Christmas pudding-like spices. Generous, mouth-filling sweet blackberries, raspberries and plums are pronounced on the palate, with sweet spice. It has firm, but fine, tannins and dark chocolate nuances continue onto the lengthy palate.
2016 Peter Lehmann Shiraz "The Barossan", Barossa Valley
100% Syrah/Shiraz. The Barossan highlights the outstanding Shiraz sourced from the many fabled sub-regions across the Barossa Valley. A selection of the area's key growers have shared their passion and pristine fruit to create this quintessential Barossa Shiraz.
An intense and complex wine with layers of ripe plum, dark cherry, sweet spice and mocha on the nose. An intense, generous and full bodied wine with fine tannins and a soft, supple finish.
Crafted by the next generation of Peter Lehmann winemakers, 'The Barossan' showcases the superb fruit sourced from many of the fabled Barossa Valley sub-regions. Parcels of high quality fruit were carefully selected from around 40 growers renowned for their skill to produce a quintessentially Barossan Shiraz.
A proportion of the grapes were fermented in oak barrels while the rest were fermented in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine was left to macerate on skins for around two weeks to enhance the tannin structure. Once blended, the wine was matured in a combination of French and American 300 litre hogsheads for 12 months before bottling.
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. Crafted by the next generation of Peter Lehmann winemakers, ‘The Barossan’ range highlights the outstanding fruit sourced from the many fabled sub-regions across the Barossa Valley.
Willunga 100 `The Tithing` McLaren Vale Grenache
The Tithing is a dark, deep, rich style of Grenache, and shows how diverse this grape can be. The flavours of lifted dark fruit with powerful savoury overtones reflect the winemarking approach, which allows time in oak and bottle before release. Ripe, persistent tannins give the wonderfully balanced fruit great length and intensity.
Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Cabernet/Shiraz
Intense aromatics of dark cherry and cedar are complemented by tobacco and bay leaf notes. On the palate, there are flavours of rich blackcurrant and toasty oak. The fine tannin structure gives this wine a savoury finish.
74% Cabernet Sauvignon , 26% Syrah/Shiraz
Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Shiraz/Viognier
This well structured wine is deep purple in colour. On the nose, there are notes of plum, chocolate and cedar. The palate is rich and luscious with ripe black fruits harnessed by silky texture and supple tannins resulting in a long, fragrant finish.
95% Syrah/Shiraz , 5% Viognier
A classic blend of Shiraz with a touch of Viognier to add perfume, the wine is co-fermented to ensure optimal integration. Aromas of violets, musk, pepper and spicy fruit with flavours of dark chocolate and fruits of the forest on the palate.
Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Grenache
This wine reflects the Grenache characteristics of both the Blewitt Springs and McLaren Flat with bright lifted fruit in the blue and red spectrum alongside intense floral aromatics. The palate has generous pure fruit harnessed by fine sandy tannins and a richness on the mid-palate reflecting the influence of the oak.