Peter Lehman Portrait Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Review By Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommeleir The Portrait Cabernet is ruby red in color and opaque. Powerful aromas of blackberries and blueberries with some green bean/veggie aromas and black dirt that took me back to picking beans out of a Florida vegetable garden when I was younger. On the palate the wine has a full body mouthfeel with high tannin and bright acidity. Blackberry and dark soil characteristics flood the front and mid-palate with a solid, dark fruit finish that includes just a touch of vanilla bean. The firm tannins and bright acidity really bring great structure and balance to this wine, making it a great go-to wine for steak night. Cheers!
Tansey’s Blind Review – 90 points
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The Break Down
Wine Selection – Peter Lehman Portrait Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer – Peter Lehman Wines
Wine Maker- Andrew Wigan, Chief Winemaker
Vintage – 2014
Style – Dry red wine
Varietals – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region – Barossa, South Australia
Alcohol – 14%
Oak – French and American oak hogsheads for 12 months prior to bottling
Suggested Glassware – Reidel Syrah Glasses
Food Pairing – Steak, lamb shank, ribs, London broil, burgers, BBQ
What is Cabernet Sauvignon?
Cabernet Sauvignon is considered one of the most common and popular red wine grape varietals in the world. The grape itself is a crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc and is native to the Bordeaux region of northwest France. The varietal produces wines that are dark red in color with dark berry fruit characteristics as well as more complex earthy characteristics.
These wines are considered to be dry wines with heavy tannins. “Tannins” present more as a feeling than anything else and are caused by phenolic compounds found naturally in the grape. The sensation you get on the palate from tannins is that feeling of having your lips pucker and the sides of your mouth dry out. This feeling is often found in sour green apples, dark cocoa, and coffee. Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier
Where is the Barossa Valley?
Barossa is a wine growing region in southern Australia. It has a Mediterranean climate that is mostly warm and dry but can be quite cooler in higher elevation vineyards. Because of its close proximity to the ocean, Barossa receives a regular cool breeze that is perfect for growing Shiraz–the primary grape varietal for this region. Try Chocolate Box Shiraz for a great regional example. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1
From The Website
Peter Lehmann Portrait Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from all corners of the Barossa Valley, taking full advantage of the variety’s multiple characteristics.
Vineyards from the north, which are higher and enjoy cooling gully winds, capture the perfumed varietal character, while the southern vineyards are richer, and create the backbone of this complex and rewarding wine.
The highly rated 2013 vintage in the Barossa has produced red wines, rich in both colour and flavour. The 2013 Portrait Cabernet is deeply coloured and shows black forest fruits leading to a richly structured palate with firm but soft tannins. While drinking beautifully now it is a wine that can be cellared with confidence for a further 5-8 years if desired during which time it will soften and become more complex.