Post Vintage Report from Peter Lehmann Wines
16 May 2012
Now that the dust has settled on vintage 2012, we have time to reflect on the events that made up one of the Barossa Valley's best vintage in years.
Senior Winemaker, Ian Hongell, began with Peter Lehmann Wines shortly after the celebrated 1998 vintage and he is feeling positive about vintage 2012 commenting that it could be one of those special and notable years.
"The final proof is in the blends but from the quality of our growers fruit we're feeling very optimistic." says Ian.
On vintage conditions, Viticulturist Nigel Blieschke, says, "the 2012 season began slowly with a cool spring followed by what turned out to be a very mild summer. The growing season was one of the mildest yet experienced in the Barossa with only a handful of days over 35 degrees Celsius, and with very few periods of extended heat. This coupled with a number of timely rainfall events alllowed the vine canopies to remain vibrant and healthy allowing fruit to ripen fully with very little shrivel and sunburn."
The eight week long harvest commenced on February 3rd with the final red picking for the year on April 5th, being Barossa Mourvedre which is a slower ripening red grape.
Our late-harvet Botrytis Semillon was handpicked towards the end of April to allow natural noble rot (botrytis cinera) to set in, creating that beautiful golden colour and tropical fruit sweetness on the palate.
The winemaking team agree that the good lead up rains and mild, dry weather throughout the harvest period has 2012 rated as a vintage of excellent quality producing wines of great style and definition, with both whites and reds showing great varietal character and elegance.