The final wine at the Peter Lehmann dinner at the Downs Club and the whole point of the dinner. Delectable: this new cuvée is called the Masterson and is a Barossa Valley Shiraz. Wine Pricing in Australia has become an arms race and this new Cuvée has set the benchmark at $1650 for a magnum - only available in magnum. This was sourced from a vineyard in the Moppa sub district of the Barossa owned by Glen Hammerling from vines planted in 1992 on original rootstocks, dry grown in deep sandy loam with ironstone over clay. The wine itself is an exercise in restraint. Matured in a large 2500 litre fourdre imparting minimal oak influence. You could happily drink this wine now or cellar for over 30 years. It is so well balanced. A brilliant wine but is it worth $1650? I think the pricing is too ambitious but the owner of Peter Lehmann, John Casella, the owner of export star, Yellow Tail, probably doesn’t care as he continues to make money from his budget line. 1458 magnums created and only 1000 released for purchase. — 2 days ago
Fantastic. A true baseline with great acidity balanced with pear notes and acacia and hibiscus flower. Go to for Riesling — 5 days ago
At the Peter Lehmann Dinner at the Downs Club. Interesting to compare this top quality Barossa Semillon with the Hunter Valley style. These are more approachable young (from the warm valley floor) than the searing acidity of young HV Semillon. Soapy lanolin nose with notes of beeswax and a blue cheese component. Fuller on the palate than HV Sems. Zero oak influence. Very good. We also had the 2010 of this wine but I didn’t get a photo unfortunately. It had more lanolin, wet straw and beeswax than the 2012 with at least another 5 years in front of it. Giving it 95 points and a Gold Medal. The 2005 is still winning Trophies at Wine Shows around the country. — 4 days ago
At the Peter Lehmann dinner at the Downs Club. Personally I have always felt that the Barossa is best for Shiraz and not Cabernet Sauvignon except for certain old Penfolds vineyards like Block 42. However, this had text book Cabernet descriptors like Capsicum and geranium. Not as minty as Coonawarra Cabernet or as herbal as Margaret River Cabernet. — 2 days ago
At the Peter Lehmann dinner at the Downs Club. Thanks to Clintyn Barnes for bringing this 1993 from his own cellar. Quite savoury and mellow- just medium weight with fully resolved Tannins. Clintyn agreed that 1993 was not a particularly good vintage in the Barossa so this was a welcome surprise. More like the nose of an old Burgundy with forest floor sous bois characters. — 2 days ago
At the Peter Lehmann dinner at the Downs Club. This Wigan Riesling (named after Peter’s right hand man Andrew Wigan) was from the difficult cool wet 2011 vintage. Some poor reds were made in SA in 2011 but this Riesling is quite good with lime juice and honeyed characters starting to develop. No paraffin/kerosene notes like the 2013. Good potential and developing nicely. — 3 days ago
Vila. Jornada del Priorat i el Montsant.
14.11.19 — 4 days ago
Riesling- not too sweet. Perfectly in the middle.
Best of the vineyards.
Great for breakfast.
— 6 days ago