The Date and Time: Wednesday October 9, 2019 2PM - 4PM
The Event: Advanced Shiraz Masterclass with Nigel Westblade, chief winemaker of Peter Lehmann, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the winery.
The Venue: Independent Wine Education Guild, Toronto
The Target Audience: a full house of two dozen wine experts
The Quote/Background: Nigel spoke on the Barossa and the Shiraz grape, with reference to Peter Lehmann (repped in Ontario by Phillipe Dandurand). He describe the Barossa region (Barossa Valley and Eden Valley) and its 17 sub-regions: the area is responsible for 43% of all Oz premium wine exports; the are has some of the oldest vines in Australia; 550 growers tend to 800 hand-picked vineyards (blocks are kept separate or blended later, depending on quality). Peter Lehmann makes dozens of different wines each year.
The Wines: We tasted in order of price, from low to high. Only the first few are currently at the LCBO.
-Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz 2017 Barossa $21.95 Vintages +522235 – in French and US oak for a year, 14.5% ABV, RS 1 h/L. Mocha tones.
-Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz 2018 Barossa $21.95 Vintages TBD +522235 – in US oak, very appealing, 14.5% ABV.
-Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz Barossa $19.95 +572875 – 10% new French and US oak for a year, grapes from western side of Barossa. 14.5% ABV, RS 0.55g/L. Expressive lunch wine.
-Peter Lehmann Futures Shiraz 2016 Barossa - $~35+ new and old French oak for 15 months. 14.8% ABV, RS 3.1g/L. Full flavours and nicely aged. My fave of the tasting.
-Peter Lehmann Masters 8 Songs Shiraz Barossa (Barossa Valley and Eden Valley) - $~50+
60% new French oak for 15 months. 14.5% ABV, RS 0.67g/L opulent and chocolate-y.
-Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2013 Barossa – $~100+ French oak for 15 months, 14.5% ABV, RS 3 g/L. Very bright, close to Rhone syrah in tones.
-Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2010 Barossa – Library wine - 90% French oak and 10% US oak for 14 months, 14% ABV, RS 3.5 g/L. Very bright, close to Rhone syrah in tones.
-Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2003 Barossa – Library wine - 90% French oak and 10% US oak for 18 months, 14.5% ABV, RS 2.75 g/L. Very bright, close to Rhone syrah in tones. Aged beautifully, now 16+ years old.
-Peter Lehmann Masterson Shiraz 2015 Barossa – from the Moppa sub-region, organic 40 year old vines, 3 tonnes/hectare. Only made 1000 magnums, selling for $2000 AUD each. Price in Canada TBD. Lots of red and blue fruit, mocha and anise tones.
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