Lehmann | Hesketh
Mk 02 – Cabernet Shiraz
Of the incredible array of table wines produced in Australia since the 1800s, it is the amalgam of Cabernet & Shiraz that has made what is widely accepted as the country’s greatest and has become internationally recognised as Australia’s signature red.
Of all the regions to grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, it is Coonawarra and the Barossa that have over time demonstrated both excellence and consistency in producing Australia’s finest examples of each. Their respective climatic conditions are ideally suited to each variety, and provide the best possible components for this classic blend.
The partnership between the Lehmann & Hesketh families stretches back to the 1970’s when Peter & Robert formed Masterson Wines. This was the genesis of Peter Lehmann Wines, and the collaboration that famously saved the livelihoods of many Barossa grape growers. Their sons Jonathon and Phil are the next generation working together, and it is their respective vineyards in Coonawarra and the Barossa that supply the fruit for this wine.
Barossa Valley Negroamaro
Although still rare to find outside of its native Italy, Negroamaro fruit for this wine is grown by the Kalleske family on their vineyard in the Koonunga Hill sub-district of the Barossa Valley.
Barossa Valley Bonvedro
An obscure variety, Bonvedro is known by approximately thirty different names, depending on where it is grown. In north-eastern Spain, where it originates, it goes by the name Parraleta. In Australia, it is often referred to as ‘False Carignan’, after mistakenly being identified as the Carignan variety for many decades.
Barossa Valley Montepulciano
The Tscharke family also supply our Montepulciano fruit; grown on their vineyard in the highly regarded Stonewell sub-region on the Western side of the Barossa Valley.
Barossa Valley Shiraz
The Barossa Valley is synonymous with Australian Shiraz and is home to the largest repository of old vine Shiraz in the country. Fruit for this wine is sourced from the Kalleske family vineyard in the Koonunga Hill sub-district of the Barossa Valley, where the warm climate and heavy clay soils are ideal for the production of soulful Shiraz.
Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra and Cabernet Sauvignon have long been regarded as the power couple of the Australian wine industry. Fruit for our Cabernet is sourced from the southern end of the Coonawarra region upon the Williams family vineyard.
Barossa Valley Rose
Our refreshing and punchy Rose is made from Tempranillo and Shiraz grapes sourced from two vineyards in the Barossa Valley. The fruit was high yielding in 2017 which is an advantage for Rose, allowing high juice to skin ration which leads to crisp freshness and minimal colour extraction.
Porcupotamus Pinot Noir Shiraz
Native to the northern Australian hinterland, the Porcupotamus was an awe-inspiring creature for local inhabitants. It weighed upwards of 800kg, could reach speeds of up to 40km/h in a straight line and it had impressive 5 inch long defensive quills. It was highly intelligent and aggressively territorial, but thankfully remained a strict vegetarian like Brigitte Bardot and its Hippo and Porcupine ancestors.
Hippocrocopig Cabernet Mataro Aragonez
The Hippocrocopig inhabited central Australia for thousands of years before European settlers hunted it to extinction. This was mainly out of fear, but it also tasted a bit like chicken and was relatively easy prey compared to the Kangaroos and Drop Bears that lived alongside it. It shared its intelligence with distant Swine cousins whilst its Crocodile and Hippopotamus ancestors gave it speed and surprising agility without thankfully the ability to death roll.
Vulturedog Shiraz Tempranillo
The rare and mystical Vulturedog shared high intelligence with its distant canine cousins, but proved a little harder to domesticate due to its ability to fly. It had a voracious and annoying appetite for leftovers (hence the term ‘doggy bag’) but tragically became extinct just before the advent of road-kill, which would have seen it flourish in the modern environment.
Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc
Fruit for our Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills, a region that has gathered a strong reputation for young and fresh styled Sauvignon Blanc.
Clare Valley Riesling
The Clare Valley has long been acclaimed as the Riesling capital of Australia; we have sourced fruit from two of it’s star pupils – Polish Hill and Watervale – to produce a sublime Riesling that highlights its regional characteristics.
Madeline Alice Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
Graceful and refined, Madeline Alice Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV is bottle fermented in the traditional method, then aged on lees before disgorging and dosage. The result is a complex and elegant style of sparking wine.
The Black Sparkling Shiraz NV
Vibrant and elegant, The Black Sparkling Shiraz NV strikes a good balance between extracting appropriate tannin for structure, while retaining natural fruit drive and aromatics. The result is a bright, full-bodied Sparkling Shiraz showing personality and character.
Midday Somewhere Shiraz
Fruit for this Shiraz is sourced from vineyards located in the warmer regions of South Australia where the climate produces fruit with a bold and generous flavour profile and firm tannins. Midday Somewhere is a medium-bodied wine with bright primary fruit characters partnered nicely alongside subtle hints of chocolate and spice.
Twist of Fate Cabernet Sauvignon
Fruit for our Twist of Fate Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a selection of premium vineyards within the South Australian growing region. To accentuate the bright moreish fruit notes, and create a vibrant, aromatic style of wine, we have chosen to restrict the use of oak during fermentation.
Wild at Heart Rosé
Wild at Heart Rosé is made from the free-run juice of select premium red grape parcels. The fruit is picked at optimum ripeness and fermented in stainless steel to capture the fresh varietal notes. The limited skin contact results in a pale coloured Rosé with soft tannins and a crisp finish.
Lost Weekend Chardonnay
Made in a fresh, aromatic style Lost Weekend has been crafted with measured oak influence to accentuate the varietal definition, palate structure and natural fruit notes of the wine. The resulting Chardonnay is clean and crisp with well balanced fruit sweetness and acidity.
Bright Young Things Sauvignon Blanc
Bright Young Things is made from fruit grown in the cooler climate regions of South Australia. The lower temperature of these areas creates an extended ripening period, for the grapes, which results in abundance of flavour and crisp, natural acidity. A bright and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc that showcases vivid varietal characteristics.
The Proposition Moscato
Our Proposition Moscato is made in a crisp and fruit forward style. Following picking the grapes are immediately crushed and transferred to stainless steel fermenters before being bottled as early as possible to retain freshness. The resulting wine shows fruit driven sweetness balanced with good acidity and a touch of spritz.