eRobertParker.com #199 Feb 2012 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Peter Lehmann’s 2005 Wigan Riesling displays evolving aromas of lemongrass, lime leaves, preserved kumquat and fresh hay with an undercurrent of orange blossoms and crushed stones. Light bodied, dry and with a superb line of racy acidity, it offers mouth-filling citrus and mineral flavors and a long clean finish. Drinking nicely now, it should continue to cellar to 2018+.
- Country: Australia
- Wine Region: South Australia
- Wine Area: Eden Valley
- Wine Maker: Andrew Wigan
- Grape: Riesling
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Alcohol Percentage: 11.5%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Colour is vibrant lemon with green tinges. This multiple trophy winner from a stunning vintage shows classical Eden Valley lime juice with a hint of warm buttered toast. The palate is remarkably youthful with zesty acidity and a fine, mineral, dry finish. Named the Wigan, after PLW’s Chief Winemaker Andrew Wigan, who has been involved in the making of every Riesling bottled under the Peter Lehmann label since the beginning, the Wigan Riesling is a testament to his success with Riesling within Australia and on the International Wine Show circuits. Lehmann has been rewarded spectacularly with our Reserve Rieslings gaining a reputation for being one of Australia’s great dry white wines and six times since 1991 declared ‘Best Riesling in the World’ at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. n . .
Tasted March 2008 - . Green gold. Lots of development – controversial? But certainly interesting. Going into the toasty stage already. An Australian would seize on this as being comfortingly familiar even if others might find it a teensy bit weird.
Regional Trophy Best in Show Decanter World Wine Awards - Lime and toast underlay to a seamless concentration of lemon and baked red apple fruit. Incredibly fresh and dry, with elegance, flavour intensity and flinty minerality. A brilliant example with iconic style.
Brilliant green-straw; a great riesling in traditional dry style, the fruit hyper-intense, green lime and mineral notes wound around each other; excellent balance and length.
The wine has to be good to start with but clearly screwcaps and riesling are a match made in heaven. This wine is in perfect shape. Limey, spicy, bright and bursting with flavour as it rockets through the finish. Texturally, it has mellowed. Flavour-wise, age has brought complexity. But it is still as alive and vibrant as the day it went into the bottle.
Very mature for just five years in the bottle, this deeply complex and typically elegant riesling reveals a toasty, floral and waxy bouquet of lemon rind and lime backed by suggestions of melted butter and a whiff of smokiness. Sumptuous and smooth, with a pleasing length of generous citrusy flavour underpinned by a fine dustiness, it finishes fresh and refined, with a bright, tangy acidity,
Tyson Stelzer 96pts (2005) - "A jaw-dropping Wigan, from a restrained, classic Eden Valley vintage. This wine is on rails, such is its linear precision, driven by primary lemon fruit, lime zest and lime drops with great purity and youthfulness. The fruit focus and concentration are something else. On a mission to hunt down the best value for your wine dollar? This is as good as it gets anywhere. Such mesmerising purity, undeviating persistence and neverending longevity command ear-splitting prices in every other corner of the wine world."
The grapes were picked early & fermented cold in stainless steel tanks. Following a 2 week fermentation period, the wine was clarified and bottled immediately before being cellared at the winery for 5 years prior to release.