When John Casella acquired the Peter Lehmann winery in December 2014, he knew he was buying into a piece of Australian winemaking history.
With a desire to honour the winery’s legendary founder, Peter Lehmann, and the commitment he had made to the Barossa region, John Casella set his winemaking team a challenge – to craft the most exceptional example of Barossa Shiraz.
The wine was to be called MASTERSON, the name Peter Lehmann gave to the original winery founded in 1979, and it would be released in 2019 to mark the winery’s 40th anniversary.
In a tribute to Peter Lehmann, 2015 MASTERSON has been crafted to embody the strength and spirit of the Barossa community and the camaraderie forged with generations of family grape growers. It is the continuation of these treasured relationships that enables the winemaking team to hand select the most exceptional parcels of fruit from across the length and breadth of the Barossa, vintage after vintage.
The philosophy behind MASTERSON is to make a bold statement for Peter Lehmann, the region and Australia. With unrivalled access to the very best fruit of the region, MASTERSON will be the best single vineyard Barossa Shiraz of vintage, and only released in exceptional years. The ambition is for this wine to become the halo of the Peter Lehmann range, one of Australia’s greatest wines and one of the world’s greatest Shiraz.
Only 1,000 magnums of 2015 MASTERSON will be released globally with a price of $2,000 AUD, reflecting its pedigree and placing it in rare company alongside some of the world’s finest wines. In Australia 2015 MASTERSON will be available from the Peter Lehmann Cellar Door or Casella Cellar from 20th November 2019, exactly 40 years after the foundation stone of The Weighbridge was laid by Barossa grape grower Albert Schmidt and Peter Lehmann atthe originally named ‘MASTERSON’ winery.
Every five years, Peter Lehmann Wines will hold a special tasting of MASTERSON at the Barossa winery. In 2024, customers and collectors will be invited to taste the 2015 vintage to see how the wine has matured with time, as well as any other vintages that have been released.
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