The recent consistency of Peter Lehmann's bargain-basement semillon has been little short of spectacular for a wine of its price (for those of us who appreciate the style of course). Even then, with the fine vintage report and a fantastic wine like Rick Burge's unwooded 2010 Olive Hill (92pts) already released, it's the 2010 Peter Lehmann Semillon I've really pinned high hopes on. I am interested to know how this relates though.
Very restrained and clean, with a slightly spicy nose of under-ripe green pears, melons, lemon and straw, Peter Lehmann's 2010 is one of those young semillons whose shy fragrance suggests its palate should do all the talking. The medium-weighted palate does follow a similar path initially, speaking clarity through youthful, restrained flavour, but if you read between the lines it mentions a few extra details. Firstly, there's a genuinely understated concentration of clean, juicy texture, followed by a mid-palate evolution in flavour profile. It proceeds to reveal more dry grass aspects trailed by a surprisingly savoury, lanolin-like note, which lingers calmly into the aftertaste alongside a soft push of simultaneously creamy, sour-citric acids marked by a faint bitter edge.
ü For under $10 there's a bit more going on here than your average quaffing white and, it probably tastes (and reads) like more than it is. Simple, yet cleverly complex. Drink to 2016.