The wheels are in full motion for vintage #35 at Peter Lehmann Wines. Turning 35 is said to be a coming of age, and that is certainly the case here.
We have a new Commander in Chief in Ian Hongell, who isn’t actually so new as he’s been on the team working with our founding winemaker Andrew Wigan for the past 16 years. While Ian – best known under the unfortunate nickname of Honky – runs the ship in the winery, still getting out as often as possible into the vineyards, Wig is doing a dreadful job of retirement.
Instead of being on the golf course as most others would, he is in his other happy place: the vineyards of Barossa walking the rows with the growers as he has for the past 35 years to get the very best of their fruit.
And so far, so great. It is shaping up to be a beauty of a vintage. The first batches of fruit to come in were Semillon destined for Margaret, which will be one of the great Margaret vintages. But then again, Mrs Lehmann is herself a great vintage and every wine that wears her name is only the best of the best Semillon in the Barossa.
The “little black jewels” Peter Lehmann called Shiraz grapes are looking as black as they have ever been, and have been picked at perfect ripeness. That bodes well for a cracking round of 2015 Shiraz. It’s still early days, and we’ll just keep those wheels rolling and keep you posted as we go.