It is difficult to put into words just how important Peter Lehmann (the man himself) and his chief wine-maker, Andrew Wigan (Wigs), are in the Aussie wine scene. They have led from the front for 30 years, and over this period they have supported hundreds of grape growers in the Barossa Valley (whether they could sell the wines they made from their grapes or not).
Nowadays, they head up a very successful business, but it has not always been so, and their fight to win and their desire to over-deliver with every single wine puts virtually every other producer I can think of in the shade.
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This brand is one to follow, particularly with some of their top-end wines (and they are still so unbelievably affordable!).
The year 2004 was a great one for Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz is a 20/20 in my notes and this Wigan Riesling is a truly Grand Cru effort from its namesake. It is one of the greatest dry white wines in the world (every facet gleams with an iridescent charm) and it is also worthy of carrying Andrew's name.
If you love the wines of Trimbach, Hugel or Weinbach, in Alsace, you will love this wine. Have a look at my 100 Best Australian Wines list on www.matthewjukes.com for more wines of this calibre.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year.
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.
Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.
He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.
Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’. He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner.
Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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