Stonewell Shiraz is Peter Lehmann Wines best wine of each vintage and one of the world's great Shiraz. It is the most powerful expression of Shiraz we make from our growers' vineyards. The pedigree of these vineyards and the knowledge that has been passed from each winemaking generation at Peter Lehmann Wines to the next, assures us these will be wines of great longevity.
The story of Stonewell Shiraz began in 1987 when Peter Lehmann decided to make a special Shiraz - a wine of immense intensity and muscularity that would demand time in the barrel and bottle before release. The wine was named 'Stonewell' after the district that he believed best showed the characters admired most in Barossa Shiraz.
This tradition has continued and each vintage the best Shiraz from our legacy of growers' Barossa vineyards is chosen to create Stonewell. Usually no more than a dozen small, old vineyards are selected each year, the oldest planted in 1885. Located in the harder country, these are some of our lowest yielding vineyards. The berries are small and sparse with crops typically less than 2 tonnes per acre.
Lithe in texture, with a bit of grip from the firm tannins around a pulsating core of eucalyptus-accented black cherry and dark plum flavors. The finish lingers effortlessly and begs for another sip. Best from 2010 through 2020. 300 cases imported.
The price keeps creeping up, but at least this is one Australian wine that consistently delivers vintage after vintage. The 2004 offers classic aromas of cassis, cinnamon and clove, with a touch of cracked pepper for good measure. It's full-bodied without going overboard, with a rich texture and a long, clean finish filled with complex spice notes. Good now, should be even better in 10 years.