RKS Wine: Peter Lehmann’s 2020 Layers

So can you recall the last time you had a dainty wine from Barossa? Those wines are known for their power and depth.

Peter Lehmann’s Layers from Adelaide has a very traditional GSM blend (Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre) but it adds to that Tempranillo.

It has a black cherry colour. On the nose it has a great density of blackberry, cassis, black cherry and cocoa. The tannins are veering toward moderate. On the palate there is brackishness with some bitterness. This bitterness takes one by surprise and is distracting. Just when you think you are picking up some fruit on the palate the bitterness kicks in. Trying to race against the bitterness one can pick up some black cherry and Texas ruby grapefruit.  Overall, I’d also say there is a bit of rawness in what I can call an uncouth wine. I can finesse the bitterness by saying the wine has a bit of almond extract to it. No amount of decanting seems to remove this strange bitterness. Leave this one on the shelf.

(Peter Lehman Layers 2020, Adelaide, Peter Lehmann Wines, Tanuda, South Australia, $16.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 138883, 750 mL, 14.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 77/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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