I had enjoyed the well-balanced and friendly Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz 2008; so I happily picked up Peter Lehmann Layers Red 2009 when I happened upon in one of my local wine shops. A 5thgeneration Barossan, Peter Lehmann began producing wine in 1947; today his son Doug heads the company which comprises over 150 different Barossa growers throughout the valley. Part of the great, sustainable Hess Family of wines, Peter Lehmann is environmentally conscious in all facets of wine production. From limiting water used to supplement natural rainfall, reduction in packaging materials, and the planting of trees and shrubs to provide wildlife habitat and prevent soil erosion, they try to leave the vineyards in an exemplary state for future generations. The Layers line was created as a means to “illustrate our belief that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”. The wine was crafted from grapes from various vineyards, and blended in a manner to compliment modern cuisine.
Transparent dark garnet with ruby highlights in colour, after aerating aromas of raspberry and earthy olives swirled about in the glass. Jammy flavours of cherry, raspberry and plum abounded in the smooth, medium body. Spicy black pepper and earthy leather comprised the moderate finish. Simple and easy drinking, this is a pleasant glass for the table.
41% Shiraz, 19.5% Mourvèdre, 18.5% Tempranillo, 18% Grenache, 3% Carignan
Produced and Bottled by Peter Lehmann Wines
*Rated 89 points by Wine Enthusiast