Meet the Winemaker (Episode 101): Nigel Blieschke, Peter Lehmann
Debra talks viticulture with Peter Lehmann viticulturalist Nigel Blieschke, and gets to the heart of exactly what his job consists of on a daily basis. Nigel manages the relationships with around 150 vinegrowers (including 800 different vineyards!) in the Barossa Valley, with the iconic brand taking around one fifth of the fruit produced in the region. Debra is fascinated as to how he remembers all of their names (wives, kids etc) as well as just how much tasting he does come vintage time and what the criteria for fruit selection is (it’s all about baumé baby!). Ever the ex-accountant, Debra is intrigued about the paperwork his job entails and how this information is stored and shared.
They talk about the Barossa’s biggest competition (McLaren vale says Nigel!) and how the Shiraz of the two regions compare. Finally Nigel let’s Debra in on what it’s like to work with Andrew Wigan, Chief Winemaker at Peter Lehmann, a 30-plus year veteran of the Barossa and highly decorated winemaker.