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Peter Lehmann – a story about a man who some say helped save the Barossa. A bank loan, a handshake and working together during the tough times.
Lehmann left school early in 1947 to start an apprenticeship as a winemaker and by the late 50s he was winemaker at the iconic winery Saltrams. In 1978 a fruit surplus spelt disaster for the region with companies refusing to buy grapes and leaving the livelihoods of over 140 local growers in the shtuck!
Peter put his balls on the line, took out a loan, assembled the equipment needed and built a small winery (called Masterton of the Barossa) to process their grapes. The first vintage was produced in 1980 and was named “The Futures” after the agreement (by handshake, in true old school fashion) that Peter would pay the growers first once the wine sold. His word was his bond. By 1982 (after much convincing needed) he put the Peter Lehmann name on the wines – the rest is history!
This is their Peter Lehmann H&V Cabernet Sauvignon – the H&V stands for Hill and Valley. And if you couldn’t guess it’s because some of the fruit comes from vineyards up in the hills (the cooler climate Adelaide Hills) and down in the valleys (the Eden Valley).
The guys at Lehmann talked about this one being all “dark brooding fruit aromas with hints of blueberry and choc-mint” – it got our attention!