By Andy Young

Casella Family Brands has announced the appointment of Nigel Westblade as the Chief Winemaker for Peter Lehmann Wines.

Westblade joined the Casella team in 2008 having previously graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Graduate Diploma in Oenology and then gaining winemaking experience at Cape Jaffa Wines in the Limestone Coast and then the E & J Gallo Winery.

“It is a great honour and privilege to be taking over the reins at Peter Lehmann. I’m looking forward to joining the 2017 vintage and continuing the high quality of wines that the brand is known and admired for. Peter Lehmann’s long-standing relationships with some of South Australia’s most renowned growers means we have access to an outstanding supply of vineyard resources which is every winemaker’s dream. In addition, my family and I are very much looking forward to joining the Barossa community.” said Westblade.

Casella also announced that Peter Scholz, who will be undertaking his 37th vintage at Peter Lehmann Wines, will continue in his role as Winemaking Consultant. Scholz worked with Peter Lehmann himself and will use his vast Barossa winemaking experience to help mentor the winemaking team.

John Casella said: “We are confident that Nigel’s appointment will be a consistent evolution for the Peter Lehmann winery. With his passion and talent for winemaking, excellent leadership skills and highly regarded professional expertise, we are certain that Nigel will build on the excellent foundations of the brand. 

“I know Nigel is honoured to continue Peter Lehmann’s legacy and we look forward to seeing the team drive the brand forward under his leadership.”

The changes to the Peter Lehmann winemaking team also saw Tim Dolan promoted to Senior Winemaker, with immediate effect. Dolan joined the Peter Lehmann team in a contract role in 2011, before becoming a full-time member of the team in vintage 2013.

Casella added: “Tim has proven himself to be a talented and highly competent winemaker brimming with passion and ideas. We look forward to seeing him flourish in his new role.”

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