Peter Lehmann Stonewell Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Region: Barossa, South Australia
Bottle size: 75cl
This shiraz is deep purple wine with a crimson rim. Aromas of black fruit, ironstone and fig are prevalent on the nose, along with spice, char and some cedar undertones from the oak. The palate is well textured, with intense red and plummy fruits as well as dark chocolate. The tannins have opened-up to reveal a wine of immense power and grace.
The grapes for this Barossa Shiraz came largely from the wider Barossa Valley (82%) and a smaller amount from the sub-region of the Eden Valley (18%). The sites are called Gomersal, Light Pass and Moppa, all low yielding vineyards producing sparse bunches with tiny but intensely flavoured fruit.
Peter Lehmann started his own winery in 1979, partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa. "I'll take your grapes and turn them into wine," he told the desperate growers, many of them conservative farmers of Silesian descent who regarded their old vines as part of their patrimony. "But I'll only be able to pay you when I sell the wine." They gratefully accepted. Without this deal, it is widely thought that the Barossa would have lost a huge chunk of its old vines. Crafted by the next generation of Peter Lehmann winemakers, ‘The Barossan’ range highlights the outstanding fruit sourced from the many fabled sub-regions across the Barossa Valley.