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Producer: Peter LehmannGrape Varieties: Merlot 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 36%, Shiraz 24%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Fruity yet dry roseAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Country: Australia
Winery Information:A fifth generation Barossan, Peter Lehmann was born at Angaston in 1930, the son of a Lutheran pastor. His winemaking career began in 1947 as a 17 year-old with Yalumba where he worked under the mentorship and tutelage of the great Rudi Kronberger for 13 years until he was appointed Winemaker/Manager of Saltram Wines in Angaston. In that role for 20 years he built a national reputation for his high-quality, innovative Barossa Wines. He founded his own winery in 1979 in order to support the Barossa growers who were facing financial ruin in the face of a serious overproduction of grapes - he named his new venture Masterson after the Damon Runyon character Sky Masterson, acknowledging what a gamble he had taken. Peter Lehmann Wines soon became a producer of premium bottled wines with a well-deserved international reputation. However, the imminent withdrawal of the principle shareholder in 1993 threatened the company's survival and Lehmann was again forced to gamble - this time by offering equity in the company by public float. The growers with whom he had forged such lasting relationships and his loyal staff invested in the new enterprise together with thousands of small investors and the float succeeded almost overnight.Viticulture:The 2011 vintage was a cool, slow ripening season which has produced wine with great varietal character and aromatic lift.Vinification:The wine was run off the red grape skins early and cold fermented, thus its lively colour and delicious aromas of freshly picked raspberries.Tasting Note:Vibrant fuchsia pink in colour. Rose petals and aromas of raspberries on the nose. Deliciously crisp, with delightful flavours of freshly picked summer berries, and a superbly clean finish.
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