Join us as we taste Peter Lehmann 2008 Barossa Shiraz at 7 p.m. CENTRAL (5:00 p.m. PACIFIC, 8 p.m. EASTERN) on Wednesday, May 18th with our favorite Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco’s and winemaker Ian Hongell.
Ian is the Senior Winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines. He joined the team in 1998, after working vintages in California, France and Germany as well as holding the senior winemaking position for five years at Cranswick Wines in New South Wales. He says he knew he wanted to be a winemaker at age 7 when he experimented in a little bit of home fermenting with a bucket and a few grapes.
Leslie Sbrocco is the award-winning author of Wine for Women and a wine columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has appeared in publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine; Family Circle; Redbook; Glamour and Sante. She is the host of the Emmy-nominated show Check Please! Bay Area on PBS and appears regularly on national radio and television including the Today show and CNN. In addition to her writing and television work, Sbrocco is a nationally recognized speaker and wine consultant for one of our favorite group of boutique hotels, Kimpton Hotel Group.
Peter Lehmann calls the 2008 Barossa Shiraz their foundation wine, “the heart of Peter Lehmann’s Barossa.” And just where is the Barossa? Located in South Australia, the Barossa is a 1,970 square kilometre region which encompasses the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate and like the Greek island of Santorini has never suffered an outbreak of phylloxera. This means that many vineyards still thrive on their own root stocks, distinguishing the Barosssa as a wine-growing region with some of the world’s oldest vines.
There are about 550 growers in the Barossa, some of them sixth-generation Barossans. Together, they produce an average of 55,000 tonnes of grapes each vintage, harvested from over 8,000 hectares of vines. Established in 1979, Peter Lehmann Wines uses fruit from 185 independent growers as well as its own vineyards. In addition to Shiraz, they produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Semillon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Tempranillo and Frontignac.