Peter Lehmann Layers - the Wine Detective

Wine Of The Week – Peter Lehmann Layers Barossa, Australia

This multi-dimensional wine is an exciting blend of 4 red grape varieties that grow easily in the Barossa Valley and complement each other beautifully. It is vibrant red with a burst of dark cherry flavour and a softly textured finish and is delightful drinking in its youth. Expect luscious purple fruit, chocolate mint wafers, vanilla, licorice, violets, cedar note, and baking spices. Shiraz creates the backdrop for this soft aromatic blend with the classic Spanish variety Tempranillo, Mourvédre and Grenache. Tempranillo’s fragrant fruit shines alongside the earthy notes of Mourvédre and the spice of Grenache. Layers of fruit flavour indeed. Drink now or keep a few years following the vintage. Pair with beef burgers with blue cheese, lamb, and winter stews.

Shelf Price: $16.99 + tax.

Available at 6 Mile Liquor Express, WestShore, BC gov’t liquor stores, and selected private stores.


Peter Lehmann – The Story

In 1977, Saltram instructed then winemaker/manager Peter Lehmann to buy less grapes from their Barossa growers. Since Peter had given the growers his word to buy the grapes, he refused. After months of negotiations with Saltram company, he was allowed to start an outside company called Masterson Barossa Vineyards in order to buy and process the grapes. Tyre retailer MS Mcleod gave financial backing to the venture. The inspiration of the name came from the legendary gambler Sky Masterson, because starting the company was such a gamble, and in keeping with the theme the Queen of Clubs was chosen as the logo for the company. In 1979 Saltram was sold to Canadian multinational spirit producer Seagram which informed Peter that he could no longer make wine on the side, so he quit his job at Saltram and worked fully for Masterson. In 1979, Peter Lehmann founded the winery based on his bravery, loyalty and commitment to Barossa and his desire to ‘do the right thing’ by protecting his mates – the independent grape growers of the Barossa. In 1982 the company was renamed Peter Lehmann Wines.



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