1996 Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz

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Producer: Peter Lehmann Type: Red Varietal: Shiraz Region: Barossa Valley,

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1996 Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz CrackaWines James Halliday 90
  • James Halliday says:

    Medium red-purple; tangy lemon and vanilla oak leads the singing on the bouquet, with the fruit coming in as the basses on the palate, even if the melody remains with the oak. The wine has excellent texture, structure and balance.

    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
    90

    Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says:

    tasted twice. Blackberry to cooked plum with angostura, licorice, savoury spiced edges to the aroma. Silky tannins solid fruit core with black berry and plumminess while underneath soft eating black licorice, soft tannins and mineral licorice length of flavour to finsh.

    Best Drinking: 2016
    Rob Geddes MW

    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:

    Strong, Healthy colour; both the bouquet and palate are complex, offering a range of dark/black berry fruits and integrated but noticeable French oak; the palate has excellent line and length, with the finish a high point of the wine.

    Best Drinking: To 2030
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says:

    Smooth and polished, with a ripe, rather jammy, floral and fractionally raisined bouquet of red and black berries, cedar/vanilla oak laced with peppery nuances. Underpinned by suggestions of cola and bay leaf, its long, slightly mineral palate of juicy cassis, raspberries and redcurrant flavour has a polished undercarriage of finegrained tannins, but does reveal some marginally under and over-ripened influences.

    Best Drinking: 2017-2021+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    91

    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:

    Deep and succulently fruited, with mulberry, fruitcake, licorice and a fine seasoning of toasty oak; the palate is richly textured and warm, but maintains freshness and complexity for a big-impact, big-boned style.

    Best Drinking: To 2020
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says:

    A big, plush and generous shiraz that evolves in the glass, delivering great power and intensity. Its rich, sweet and confiture-like aromas of cassis, redcurrants, lightly toasty vanilla/cedar oak are backed by suggestions of white pepper and cigarboxes. Handsomely oaked, it's deep, dark and smoky, with layers of deep plums and berry flavour revealing a hint of currant and raisin towards its long, mineral finish. A fraction over-ripened for an even higher rating.

    Best Drinking: 2020-2028
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:

    Restaurantability ready now and generous soft and long flavours. Stelvin since 2006 has significantly increased freshness and longevity. Hallmark savoury earthy edges to the 07 medium body with a clipped finish of firm minerally almost rustic tannins. The 08 perks up the fruit and soft tannin platform for the flavours delivering a longer more silky middle palate complete rich wine.

    Best Drinking: 2021
    Rob Geddes MW
    91

    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:

    Medium red-purple; a complex wine that has surmounted the challenge of the dry vintage, the spicy/cedary bouquet leading into a long, medium-bodied palate with black fruits accompanied by the spice and cedar of the bouquet, the tannins fine.

    Best Drinking: To 2022
    94

    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:

    Restaurantability ready now and generous soft and long flavours. Stelvin since 2006 has significantly increased freshness and longevity. Hallmark savoury earthy edges to the 07 medium body with a clipped finish of firm minerally almost rustic tannins. The 08 perks up the fruit and soft tannin platform for the flavours delivering a longer more silky middle palate complete rich wine.

    Best Drinking: 2015
    Rob Geddes MW

    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:

    Best Drinking: 2027-2037
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    93

    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:

    Good retention of youthful colour; a velvety fusion of plum, blackberry and dark chocolate on the medium-bodied palate; has excellent mouthfeel and balance, the finish long and satisfying.

    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:

    Reflective of a hotter vintage, with a wild, rather meaty and raisined bouquet of cassis, blackberries, dark plums and tightly-knit lightly smoky new French oak backed by nuances of briar and raisins. Young and vibrant, it's very firm, drying and mineral, with deep, marginally oaked flavours of plums and berries given some handsome mocha/smoked oyster oak. It will develop softness, charm and complexity with time, but you need to wait a while yet.

    The Australian Wine Annual 2012
    92

    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

    Restaurantability ready now and generous soft and long flavours. Stelvin since 2006 has significantly increased freshness and longevity. Hallmark savoury earthy edges to the 07 medium body with a clipped finish of firm minerally almost rustic tannins. The 08 perks up the fruit and soft tannin platform for the flavours delivering a longer more silky middle palate complete rich wine.

    Rob Geddes MW

    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:

    Pure fruitcake and chocolate bouquet; loaded with blackberry on the palate, there are ample levels of dark fruit, tar, licorice and a touch of spice; rich on entry, the acidity provides freshness and contrast.

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    95

    Tyson Stelzer (2005 Vintage) says:

    A cooler Barossa vintage has given rise to a less generous Eight Songs, but it's lacking nothing in fruit purity and length. Satsuma and greengage plums and berry fruits linger from start to finish, amid soft, integrated tannins.

    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says:

    Restaurantability ready now and generous soft and long flavours. Stelvin since 2006 has significantly increased freshness and longevity. Hallmark savoury earthy edges to the 07 medium body with a clipped finish of firm minerally almost rustic tannins. The 08 perks up the fruit and soft tannin platform for the flavours delivering a longer more silky middle palate complete rich wine.

    Rob Geddes MW
    90

    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:

    Very polished and composed, this dark, meaty and leathery, if rather more savoury and spicy expression of Barossa shiraz has a heady bouquet of dark, briary and confiture-like berries and plums backed by sweet mocha/chocolate oak and cigarboxy, marzipan-like undertones. It's very smooth, fine-grained and deeply flavoured, with sumptuous, if slightly raisined fruit supported by a velvet-like structure of genuine firmness.

    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    93

    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:

    Bright colour; dark savoury fruit of mocha, blackberry and some mulberry is supported amply by well-handled toasty oak; the palate is also dark and thickly textured; a complex, well-constructed wine.

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    92

    Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says:

    Restaurantability, ready now and generous soft and long flavours.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    90

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says:

    The Lehmann Winery always seems to be in good form, but the range tastes particularly smart at the moment. The longer you let this breathe, the more you'll like it - well, within reason. It's fairly sullen at first, but then concentrated flavours of dark berries, coal, chocolate and a toasty savouriness boom forwards. It's spicy, even grainy, in the finish, and very long-flavoured. There's a lot of oak here, but it's really good.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    93

    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:

    A sumptuous, richly fruited and assertive wine whose brambly meaty flavours of very ripe plums, berries, currants and raisins and chocolatey, mocha and cedary oak come together in an evolved but surprisingly smooth and polished fashion. It's right in the ultra-ripe band of flavour, but still finishes with a lingering, sweet core of vibrant fruit, and it does open up further with time. Rather cultivated, really, given its extreme ripeness.

    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    92

    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:

    Some complexity showing, of course; a complex interplay of secondary fruit characters, tannins and French oak, the fermentation having been finished in that oak. Silky smooth, but with the vibrancy of the best '02 wines; drink any time over the next 5-10 years.

    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says:

    A substantial, ripe and meaty medium to long-term Barossa shiraz. Its deep, gamey aromas of blackberries and plums are handsomely backed by sweet, smoky oak and black pepper, with nuances of cinnamon and cloves. Deeply spiced, its sumptuous, smooth and slightly overcooked palate of earthy shiraz fruit is thickly coated with firm, grippy tannin before finishing long, persistent and savoury.

    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    90

    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:

    Red berry, leaf, spice and mocha aromas; an elegant wine, with appealing red fruits, savoury tannins and quality French oak.

    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says:

    Sweet aromas of blackberry jam, cassis, assertive cedar/vanilla oak and dried herbs reveal undertones of plums. game meats and coconut. Smooth and silky, but only full to medium in weight, it's surprisingly fine and fragile, with a meaty, rather herbaceous expression of mulberry and blackberry flavours reliant on its oak for richness and structure. Finishes slightly short and green. Beginning to tire.

    Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005

    Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says:

    Smoky vanilla-like aromas of raspberries, cherries, plums and cassis with herbal undertones precedes a silky-smooth and restrained palate whose vibrant berry flavours partner toasty nuances of sweet chocolate/vanilla oak. Finishes a little thin and sappy, just lacking genuine fruit ripeness.

    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

    James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:

    Earthy, spicy, savoury aromas, then lively, juicy berry flavours; quite tangy; fine tannins.

    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    90

    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says:

    Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet is smooth, clean and with well-integrated and balanced oak; the palate opens up, showing deep and dense sweet blackberry fruit, soft oak and ripe tannins.

    Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
    90
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