Peter Lehmann, with 33 vintages already under his belt, 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.
This is the Peter Lehmann flagship wine, first produced in 1987 and made from a selection of their best Shiraz. The fruit is generally from vineyards in the west and the north of the Barossa, where hard dry soils give rise to low-yielding (less than two tonnes per acre) Shiraz of great quality. It is fermented and aged in oak (90% French) for 18 months prior to bottling.
Peter Lehmann works with over 140 growers across the length and breadth of the Barossa Valley region, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites. The fruit for this wine was predominantly sourced from extremely low-yielding vineyards from Ebenezer, in northern Barossa. The remaining fruit came from Nuriootpa and from Peter Lehmann‘s own vineyard on Stonewall Road.
During this vintage, winter rains provided a welcome relief from years of drought. A short burst of heat in late January and early February, followed by warm and stable weather for the remainder of the vintage. As a result the red wines produced are of exceptional quality with great clarity and balance.
The grapes were fermented and macerated on skins for up to two weeks with some partial barrel fermentation. After pressing and clarification, matured in 90% French and 10% American hogsheads for approximately 14 months.
The outstanding 2010 vintage had produced a densely coloured Stonewell with a black centre and bright crimson edge. The bouquet is beautifully integrated with dark briary fruits, chocolate and a touch of aniseed. The palate shows richness and length expected of a great Stonewell and the finish is firm yet finely grained.
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