The 2012 vintage was awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of Australian Riesling (see blue link below). We take a view that the 2011 - winners of IWCS awards - is every bit as good while we await the 2012 going (back) on release.
Peter Lehmann Masters Wigan Riesling 2012 - April 2018 Decanter review
Peter Lehmann, with 33 vintages already under his belt, started his own winery in 1979, partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa. "I'll take your grapes and turn them into wine", he told the desperate growers, many of them conservative farmers of Silesian descent who regarded their old vines as part of their patrimony. "But I'll only be able to pay you when I sell the wine." They gratefully accepted. Without this deal, it is widely thought that the Barossa would have lost a huge chunk of its old vines. The 'Masters' wines are made from the parcels regarded by the winemakers as the best Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz of the vintage.
Known for producing truly world class Riesling, the soils of the Eden Valley are shallow and rocky. The fruit for this wine comes from a single vineyard owned by the Petney family in the Eden Valley sub-region, High Eden.
2011 was a difficult vintage throughout Australia with unusually mild weather and above-average cloud cover. A cool, slow ripening period has produced superb white wines with delicacy and finesse.
The grapes were picked early and fermented cold in stainless steel for two weeks before clarification. Bottling took place immediately, then the wine was cellared at the winery for five years prior to release.
The 2011 'Wigan' Riesling is vibrant lemon yellow with a green tinge. Fresh lime juice characters on the palate, it shows remarkable youth, with hints of honey from bottle-ageing that will only get better with more time in cellar.