We are thrilled to share the news that our talented Peter Lehmann winemaker Tim Dolan has been named Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial.
The Len Evans Tutorial is a prestigious wine school established in 2001 and located in the NSW Hunter Valley. It’s named after its founder, the late Len Evans – a champion of Australian wine who contributed significantly to the industry during his lifetime.
Prominent Australian wine reviewer James Halliday, who is also one of the experts involved with the program, describes the Len Evans Tutorial as “the most exclusive wine school in the world.”
Each year – and out of a pool of over 100 hopefuls - the Len Evans Tutorial invites 12 of Australia’s wine industry’s most promising and talented professionals to further develop their wine appreciation under the guidance from leading wine experts. Now in its 18th year, the program is designed to help train the next generation of wine judges on the demands of Australian wine shows.
This year, the Tutorial took place from 5-12 November and a team of five wine experts (or tutors) guided Tim and his co-scholars through an intense 5-day period of tasting and studying some of the greatest, rarest and oldest wines of the world.
The program included morning blind tastings, afternoon master classes and evening dinners. The wines are judged as if they were in an Australian wine show, and every scholar sequentially calls his or her points for each wine, and has to justify those points where they differ from the tutors’ points.
Tim’s accuracy triumphed over the other 11 scholars and he took out the dux title, and also won a return business-class trip to Europe.
“I’ve applied for the past three years, so to be part of the 2018 Len Evans Tutorial was a dream come true. The week was unbelievable and a surreal experience. What Len Evans created with his Tutorial is one of the Australian wine industry’s greatest treasures and I’m so appreciative to have had the opportunity to complete the program,” said Tim.
The wines have been tasted and the results are in. Australia's best wines are now revealed in the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion.
Keenly anticipated each year by winemakers, collectors and wine lovers, the Halliday Wine Companion is recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine.
In his inimitable style, Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine through detailed tasting notes, each with vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking as well as each wine’s closure, alcohol content and price. He provides information about the wineries, winemakers and other important details such as vineyard sizes, opening times, contact details and website addresses.
The Wine Companion is an indispensable reference from the country’s leading wine authority and a must-have guide for anyone visiting a winegrowing region, or wanting to replenish their cellar or wine rack.
James Halliday has revealed the nation's top wines, winemakers and wineries for 2018 and Peter Lehmann is among the honoured being awarded;
Best of the Best Variety
Wigan Eden Valley Riesling 2012 – Rating 97 points
It’s toasty yet fresh. It’s complex yet approachable. A glorious amalgam of flavours from glace lemon and lime, juicy, with superfine acidity ensuring it is a good spot today and for some time yet.
Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 2012 – Rating 97 points
Has retained exceptional deep crimson-purple colour; as the time perspective increase, so does the longevity stature of the ’12 vintage. Here an ocean of full-bodied black fruits has times of tannins and quality oak, all playing off and enhancing each other on the prodigiously long palate.
Best Wineries of the region
Peter Lehmann awarded 5 stars
Peter Lehmann Wines has had a consistent record of excellence for at least the past three years.