Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling 2012

PL-wigan-wmThe Wigan is named after winemaker Andrew Wigan and hails from the well drained, higher altitude soils of South Australia’s, Eden Valley. The Valley is one of Australia’s best regions for fine expressions of Riesling, the classic German grape. It is known for its lush aromas, ripeness and often floral overtones. This is one of Australia’s most highly awarded Rieslings.

Pre-cellared for 5 years already on release it shows some honeyed toastiness amongst the ripe lime juice and zest. Some floral prettiness was showing as well. But in the mouth, the beauty of this wine shone with a soft acid that was evenly balanced out. That soft line of acid drives Read More

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The new wine Artiste has arrived


This summer, a new wine range was launched by The Collective Wine Company. The range sports stylish labels that are contrarily unadorned with art but are rather, simply graceful – like the wine inside. Winemaker, Simon Gilbert (pictured below) has applied his thoughtful style of winemaking to produce their first six wines, all whites that are very foodworthy. In the line-up there is a Pinot Grigio, a Sauvignon Blanc, two Rieslings, a Viognier and a Chardonnay. Reds are in the making now. Read More

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Henschke Joseph Hill Gewurztraminer 2013

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I really like the prettiness of this wine. I think the Joseph Hill is one of the best of this variety in Australia. Coming from the Eden Valley, it has the pure floral and fruit that makes this variety so easy to love. Fragrant with Turkish delight and rose petals, citrus that deepens to grapefruit on the palate and some riverstone.

With its dry, seamless palate that is not hindered by heat from acid or alcohol which is something that is not so common in the variety in Australia.  Everything has found its balance, everything has its place and the rose flavor continues through to the finish. Underlying the flesh is a taut line of acid to keep the wine fresh and elegant. Enjoy it anyway that you want – with or without food

Date:  26 May 2014   Price:  $30    Value: $$   Drink: Now – 3 years

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Yalumba The Reserve 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

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One of Yalumba’s finest.  The Reserve 2006 is a blend of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, and 22% Shiraz. It is a wine that has had the full treatment from partial wild yeast ferment and 22 months in new and seasoned French, Hungarian and American oak. It is a wine that is available now with most of the hard work already done, I would probably like to drink it before end of this decade.

Rich blackcurrant fruit has loads of cedary clove spice. It is an intense mouthful that has ends in a crescendo of dry tannins and fruit. Not only a good candidate for the cellar, it is also a good wine for that special dinner. The only proviso is to be careful on how well done your meat is – definitely a wine for those who like theirs medium to rare.

Date: February 2013  Price:  $120+    Value: $$   Drink: 10+ years


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Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling 2008 & 2010

Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling


Trophy winners both. The Wigan is named after winemaker Andrew Wigan and hails from the Eden Valley. At six years old, the 2008 is remarkably youthful and is travelling nicely.  There is just a hint of the toasted honeyed depths to come at this time amongst the lime zest and juice with a floral lift and a savoury finish.   There is a lovely silkiness to this elegant riesling.  Plenty of life left, although it is looking fine now.

The 2010 has more upfront mineral slate to the fresh lemon lime although there is that hit of savouriness on the finish.  The structure is gentle on the acid and seems fleshier than previous vintages. These are remarkable wines for the price.  Enjoy their fresh appeal now or cellar.

Date:  2013   Price:  $30   Value: $$$   Drink: Now – 7+ years

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