Lehmann knew value of loyalty – Mar. 29, 2014


By Anthony Gismondi

Therea��s never a dull moment in the wine business and fresh off the heels of a week in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, I can report 2014 will be at least a good vintage for the region that lies about 60 km north and slightly east of Adelaide.

Heavy rains late in the season were a worry for vintners but in some sort of minor miracle the water managed to pass directly through the parched countryside, leaving the skins is there a generic for avalide of most of tougher, late ripening grapes, still on the vine intact.

I was reminded how easy it is to navigate the Barossa, whose landscape is little more than bowl-shaped and spreading out on all sides from three charming towns, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston. The purchase viagra with prescription Barossa reminds me a little bit of the bar in the old TV series Cheers: ita��s a place where a�?everybody knows your name.a�? Thata��s not a bad thing if you are a grape grower or a winemaker.

Australians are a warm people. They can poke and prod and they dona��t suffer fools gladly but there is a genuine warmth among the wine folk who, like most farmers, have plenty of respect for the land and the weather, perhaps knowing it doesna��t take much to turn a vintage on its side.

I spent most of my time with the Peter

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Lehmann winemaking and viticultural team and it was refreshing to encounter a well-oiled machine as they worked through harvest. Ita��s difficult for the casual wine drinker to comprehend all the decisions during harvest but they are numerous and each plays a crucial part in the final outcome of any wine.

Chief winemaker Andrew Wigan and viticulturalist Nigel Blieschke make many of those decisions. Together the pair drives more than 5,000 km across the Barossa and Eden Valleys as they work with as many as 140 separate growers and about 700 individual vineyard blocks each vintage.

The Peter Lehmann model dates back to his days at Saltram Winery, where he forged long-term commitments with Barossa growers to supply grapes to the winery. All went well until 1978, when an over-supply of grapes had directors of the U.K.-based company forcing Lehmann to abandon any of the deals he had with his growers. Lehmann balked at such a callous decision and went on to borrow money, build a new winery and effectively mortgaged his future to ensure his handshake deals with Barossa growers would never be broken.

Such was the bond between grower and buyer that many of the original 60 growers including their successors, are still supplying fruit to Lehmann and it is those vineyards spread far and wide across the Barossa that Wigan and Blieschke walk religiously in the final days prior to picking.

After touring some of the winerya��s best vineyards with Blieschke I was amazed by the diversity of sites, soils, aspect, the altitude and perhaps more important, the people who tend the site. It soon became clear the best sites in the http://naminov.com/purchase-avalide-side/ Barossa and the Eden are far flung across the two major valleys and the 14 sub-zones and it probably explains why Lehmanna��s is making wine with fruit from Stonewell, Ebenezer, Moppa, Gomersal, Rowland Flat, Greenoch, Light Pass, Lyndoch, Vine Vale, Marananga, Kalimna and more.

Peter Lehmann died last year at the age of 82 but you have the feeling his presence is still as strong as ever on the site. Having spent a memorable lunch hour at the winerya��s famous weighbridge, where the growers drop off their fruit, and speaking with the winerya��s team, you feel intlo illalu vantintlo priyuralu movie online veoh the genuine relationships they have formed with the many growers who pull up to the weigh scale many now for more than three decades.

With less than 70 acres they can call their own, the current Lehmann team knows only too well their success is keenly interwoven into the relationships they continue to nurture and strengthen with their growers. Peter Lehmann sure thought so when he was quoted saying a�?Wine is made in a vineyard, not a boardroom. Without growers, there is no wine. Ita��s a circle of life you cana��t just cut off because http://www.deafclub.info/blog/2018/03/15/purchase-serophene-50mg/ of what the bottom line looks like.a�?

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