Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Barossa South Australia
Cabernet and Merlot positively flourish in the Barossa. As single varietal wines they have made their mark, when artfully assembled they combine into a genre of their own. Each brings to the other an added dimension, forming a soft, velvety wine with supple fruit and fine structure. Peter Lehmann has selected grapes grown to good vineyards nurtured by his loyal retinue of vignerons dotted throughout the Barossa. Another winning edition in a series of consecutive great vintages, to accompany a piquant chorizo and pepperoni pizza, vegetarian lasagne or warming paella.
A love of wine and art inspires Peter Lehmann to distinguish his labels with a depicture of the queen of clubs, symbolic of the brave gamble Lehmann took to build his winery in 1979. It is significant that the majority of vineyards from which Peter Lehmann sources fruit are classified as mature, ranging in ages from twenty to over a hundred years. Many are ungrafted and dry grown. Harvests of Merlot and a slightly larger component of Cabernet Sauvignon, grown to fine Barossa vineyards, are fermented on skins for several days until dry. After pressing, clarification and assemblage, the wine is matured in a selection of French and American oak hogsheads for twelve months prior to bottling.
Deep brooding black cherry colour. The nose exhibits classical aromas of blackcurrant and plum with hints of violet. A generous and harmonious blend of two great noble grapes forming layers of berry and plum flavours. A wine of exemplary structure and style, the palate offers dark chocolate and blackberry. The beautiful fruit characters are supported by supple, fine grained tannins before a tight savoury finish.