The Wildcard wines are named after Sky Masterson, the gambler hero of the musical Guys & Dolls. Peter Lehmann Wines was originally named Masterson Wines between 1977 and 1981, as it was the biggest gamble ever taken by Peter Lehmann and the growers. The wines are soft and forward and easy drinking but still bear the hallmark quality of head winemaker Nigel Westblade and his team. “We buy grapes, not bulk wine, as we can make a much better wine that way,” he says.
Peter Lehmann Wines has established a close partnership with growers across South Australia, enabling the production of a rich and vibrant wine with strong varietal definition.
The relatively cool and wet start to the year meant harvest in 2017 started later and there was some disease pressure. There were no drought problems like recent years, so the crop was plentiful. Dry conditions during harvest were welcomed and ensured the fruit was fully ripe and the quality remained high.
Fruit was picked early, crushed and chilled, and the juice separated immediately from the skins to preserve the natural delicacy of the grapes. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine remained on its yeast lees for several months to increase depth of flavour, and was then bottled early to maximise freshness.
Pale straw with a flash of green, the Wildcard Chardonnay shows delicious lifted aromas of lime juice, citrus and passion fruit undertones. This is a vibrant, refreshing style of Chardonnay with zesty citrus and tropical fruit flavours of peach and melon. It is light and crisp on the finish.