Peter Lehmann – Barossa – Friday 31 July 2015 – Lunch

IMG_4025_2Cruising around the Barossa is a dream come true. The names of the vineyards are familiar and hallowed by wine lovers near and far. You thank your lucky stars having the opportunity to visit places like Seppeltsfield and Penfolds.

As we finished our tasting at Penfolds we asked where nearby we could get a platter to graze on and see out the afternoon. One of the staff at the cellar door mentioned they go to Peter Lehmann on days off for this reason and we immediately headed there.

Besides the cellar door tasting it seems that is the only food they do, and as expected, the platter is both large enough for a grazing lunch, and reasonably priced too. After tasting a few of the many wines available, Catherine and I decided to buy a bottle of the Peter Lehmann Shiraz and have a glass each, taking the rest of the bottle back to Adelaide to enjoy later on.

The Shiraz is not as alcoholic as many around the Barossa and has an elegance about it. There’s still plenty of dark fruit, but a good layer of spice, and it will improve measurably with age. The “Weighbridge Platter” has Linke’s Mettwurst (German sausage), Lachsschincken (German style smoked meat), Zimmy’s beetroot relish, dill cucumbers, Kurianda pear chutney, Kalamata olives, local almonds, matured cheddar cheese, Barossa Valley Cheese Company ‘Baby Bert’ and Barb Buggy’s Barossa Bark (home made lavoche).

There is a good balance between all the offerings and we finish all but a little of the cheddar which is particularly good with the Shiraz. The softer cheese, a camembert, is great with the chutney and either the lavoche or bread. Seated in an outdoors spot but separated by thick plastic, it is nice and warm but we have the opportunity to take in the view which is filled with plants, trees and green grass.

The drive back to Adelaide is only around an hour and is anything but daunting. Recharged by the platter and a great relaxing afternoon we are ready for an evening out in the city.

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