Monday, December 5, 2011

2002 Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz (Barossa Valley)

This wine represents Barossa Shiraz at its best. It is a refined and elegant rendition of the style of wine that nevertheless lacks nothing in terms of generosity.

The Stonewell Shiraz is Peter Lehmann’s top wine and 2002 was a fantastic, yet cooler vintage in the Barossa. The fruit was sourced from a range of smaller growers.

This is a wine that is now fully integrated, with hints of secondary flavours apparent, and years in front of it. It has a beautiful bouquet of exotic spice, dark fruits, chocolate, and hints of leather. This bouquet creates high expectations, and the palate delivers. Beautiful fruit, mid palate drive, fine tannins, and fantastic length. It has a lovely emerging earthiness, that adds a wonderful sense of texture as well.

The 2002 Stonewell Shiraz will do the next decade in a canter (cork permitting), and where it peaks is likely to depend on your preference for primary fruit vs secondary, savoury characters. A wonderful wine.


RRP: $90
ABV: 14.5%



Chris Plummer said...

Fantastic to hear Red. Arguably my favourite Barossa shiraz from arguably my favourite Barossa shiraz vintage. I have 3 left - one I put aside for next year, one for around 2020 and one for sometime in between. It's good to see this note has it sitting in much the same groove it was at release. :)

Chris P

Brown said...

I was lucky enough that a good friend {goes by the name of Blue, or Black, maybe Red :-)} gave me a bottle of this in celebration of the birth of our baby boy. Chris, given that you are confident enough to open one in 2020, I might risk the ire of the cork gods and cellar my Stonewall for another 18 years :-)

Red said...

You've got the 06, so under screwcap. No sacrificial offering to the cork gods required. Happy days! :-)

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