Nice, big, ripe Barossa Shiraz. Plummy, blackcurrant aromas with a touch of star anise. Generous array of plum, blackberry and boysenberry flavours with silky tannin and malty oak notes. Absolutely on-point for a classic Oz shiraz.
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. Over the decades, certain vineyards have consistently stood out to the winemakers for their quality and individual character. Fruit from these vineyards is set aside when the vintage permits and made in small batches to highlight this character as single vineyard wines under the "VSV" label. Volumes are limited but the wines are outstanding.