`The Barossan` Barossa Valley Shiraz

Barossa Valley

Peter Lehmann

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. He named it 'Stonewell' after the district that he believed best showed the characters admired most in Barossa Shiraz.

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Vineyards

Crafted by the next generation of Peter Lehmann winemakers, The Barossan showcases the superb fruit sourced from the many sub-regions across the Barossa Valley. Parcels of high quality fruit were carefully selected from around 40 growers to produce a seamless blend of varying expressions of Shiraz.

Vintage Information

The 2015 vintage came early and was followed by a cool and dry growing season with timely rainfall at veraison. The conditions produced red wines displaying a bright, dense colour and classic varietal characteristics.

Vinification

The fruit was fermented and macerated on skins for up to two weeks, with 25% barrel fermentation. Once blended, the wine was transferred into barrels, 50% of which were new American oak, the remainder being older French and American oak, for 15 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

A complex and layered wine with fruit intensity and suppleness. Lifted cherry and brooding dark fruit aromas combine seamlessly with sweet chocolate and mocha undertones. An intense, generous and full bodied wine with fine tannins and a soft, supple finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Nigel Westblade
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.86g/l
Residual Sugar 3g/l
Wine pH 3.55