2008 Stonewell Shiraz, Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley, Australia
Review: “Deep garnet-black colored, the 2008 Stonewell Shiraz presents relatively youthful notes of warm black plums, blackcurrant cordial and crushed blueberries over licorice, chocolate box and yeast extract. Full bodied, ripe, rich and expressive in the mouth, it is adeptly structured with refreshing acidity and a firm level of grainy tannins. The long finish provides layers of dark fruit and spice flavors. Drinking well now, it should continue to evolve gracefully through 2021+.” Lisa-Perrotti Brown
Stonewell Shiraz – first made in 1987 – has one guiding principle: to be Peter Lehmann’s best shiraz of vintage. The name Stonewell was chosen in recognition of the high quality shiraz grapes being grown around Stonewell Road in the Marananga district of the Barossa.
While the winery owns a vineyard called Stonewell in this district, the grapes for Stonewell Shiraz are not limited to this one vineyard and come from individual growers in a number of Barossa sub-districts, particularly those to the west and the north where hard dry soils give rise to low-yielding shiraz of great quality.
This limited release Stonewell shows a deep, black centre with loads of dark, plummy fruit and a touch of chocolate and aniseed. The palate is richly structured with fine tannins and a long, persistent finish ensuring that the wine will drink beautifully over the next 5-10 years.