Peter Lehmann Mentor 1996

Committed to varietal and regional integrity, Peter Lehmann Wines produces wines of great distinction. This Cabernet is named ‘Mentor’ in honour of the inspiration Peter Lehmann gave countless people over his 50-year career. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 16% Shiraz, this stunning wine hails from a fabulous vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon in the Barossa. With a dense black centre and a garnet rim, it showcases classic Cabernet aromas of cassis, mint leaf and mixed spice with aged notes of cigar box and cedar wood. The palate is rich and deeply-fruited yet still offers elegance and poise with savoury layers of redcurrant and cassis driven by vibrant acidity with underlying notes of tea leaf, earth and spice.
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  • 5 Star Winery Rating - Halliday Wine Companion
  • This Cabernet is named ‘Mentor’ in honour of the inspiration Peter Lehmann gave countless people over his 50-year career.
  • A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 16% Shiraz
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
  • Palate

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Robert Parker

    "The seriously-endowed 1996 Mentor is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Shiraz, and 10% Malbec. An opaque purple color is accompanied by complex aromas of damp earth, cedarwood, mint, plum liqueur, licorice, black currants, and new oak. Full-bodied, deep, and chewy, with moderate tannin and excellent concentration as well as body, it will drink well for 10-15 years."
  • James Halliday

    "Medium red-purple; berry, leaf, mint, vanilla and earth all intermingle on the moderately intense bouquet; the palate is rather more powerful and chunky, with chocolate, berry and vanilla flavours; the tannins tremble on the brink."

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About the brand Peter Lehmann

Based in Tanunda, South Australia, in Australia’s famed Barossa Valley, Peter Lehmann Wines has become one of the most established, highly regarded family-owned wineries in the country. The late Peter Lehmann was a fifth-generation Barossan, establishing his eponymous winery in 1979 and working closely with local grapegrowers to protect the community’s interests. Today, the winery continues to source exceptional fruit to produce a range of premium wines that are true expressions of the Barossa Valley’s unique terroir.

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