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Peter Lehmann Mentor Barossa Cabernet 2013 Limited Release £24.95
PETER LEHMANN MENTOR BAROSSA CABERNET LIMITED RELEASE
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.
Peter Lehmann Wines works with over 140 growers across the length and breadth of the Barossa Valley region, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites. Fruit was selected from premium vineyards from a number of Barossa sub-regions. These vineyards are all planted with old vines which yield a very low amount of fruit.
The 2013 vintage came early and was one of the driest and quickest for many years. The weather remained warm to hot throughout, but without any extended heat waves. The unusually small crop has produced highly coloured, richly structured red wines destined for many years in the cellar – an outstanding red wine vintage.
Fermented and macerated on skins for up to two weeks with some partial barrel fermentation. Following pressing and clarification, the wine was matured in French oak hogsheads for 15 months.
This limited release is the best Cabernet of the vintage. The 2013 Mentor is a rich, deeply coloured wine that exhibits a bouquet of violet and cassis and a touch of dark chocolate The palate shows the substance of Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon and finishes with great length - a wine of great breeding which can be cellared with confidence until 2033.
2020 - 2030
The Wine Advocate
"The 2013 Mentor Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from its traditional locales in the northern Barossa, and there's a bit of Malbec blended in this year as well. Always one of my favorite Lehmann bottlings, the 2013 version features mint, dried herbs and cassis on the nose and a medium to full-bodied palate that reflects Cabernet austerity and then balances it with velvety tannins and a firm finish. Nicely done."
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