Peter Lehmann Mentor 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa Valley, Australia
For his style, integrity and skill as a winemaker, Peter Lehmann has come to be known as 'Mentor' by many of today's Australian winemakers. His conviction that the Barossa was capable of making the best wines in the world extended far beyond Shiraz – he's always called it a 'Garden of Eden', a winemaker's paradise. When it came to selecting a wine to dedicate to Peter Lehmann, it was not without a sense of irony that we chose Barossa Cabernet.
The color is deep with a dense center. The nose has inviting aromas of classical Barossa Cabernet blackcurrant, hints of mint, and cedar box. The palate has a defined Cabernet cassis flavor, a touch of chocolate and vanilla, and shows a superb integration of oak and fruit.
Mentor is an ideal accompaniment for rich duck, goose and game dishes. It is superb with oxtail, braised lamb shanks and wonderful with a fine aged cheddar.
Wine Spectator - "Beautifully focused, aristocratic and distinctive for its mineral and toasted sage overtones, this packs enough ripe currant and blackberry fruit into the mix to make it take wing on the soaring finish. Drink now through 2020."
Wine Enthusiast - "The warmth of Barossa shows in this wine, but it remains exceptionally balanced, being ripe without being overly soft, and muscular without being overly firm or crisp. The cassis, mint and chocolate notes finish with a fine dusting of tannins. Drink now–2020."
Australian Wine Companion - "Fine and expressive cabernet bouquet; cassis and cedar, with a distinctly medium-bodied personality. Drink 2014."
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Peter Lehmann Winery
The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe. View all Peter Lehmann Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
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Big & Bold
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