2015 Peter Lehmann, Wigan Riesling, 6x750ml
ETA July 2021
From the shallow rocky soils of the Eden Valley, the Wigan Riesling has become one of Australia’s most celebrated wines. It has been named IWSC ‘Best Riesling in the World’ six times, and accumulated more than 80 trophies since its inaugural vintage.
Availability: En Primeur
Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml
Critics Score: 98
Publication: Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
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. The 'Masters' wines are made from the parcels regarded by the winemakers as the best Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz of the vintage.
Known for producing truly world class Riesling, the soils of the Eden Valley are shallow and rocky. The fruit for this wine comes from the William Hurn - Ross' Block single vineyard.
The grapes were picked early and fermented cold in stainless steel for two weeks before clarification. Bottling took place immediately, then the wine was cellared at the winery for five years prior to release.