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Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz

Cracka Review

A densely coloured Shiraz from an exceptional vintage showing hints of dark chocolate and black forest fruits. The palate is rich and soft, finishing with very fine tannins in the Eight Songs tradition. While drinking beautifully now the wine can be cellared with confidence for a few more years if desired and it is recommended that it be carefully decanted 2-3 hours before serving to allow the wine to open up and leave any sediment behind.

Winemaker's Notes

A densely coloured Shiraz from an exceptional vintage showing hints of dark chocolate and black forest fruits. The palate is rich and soft, finishing with very fine tannins in the Eight Songs tradition. While drinking beautifully now the wine can be cellared with confidence for a few more years if desired and it is recommended that it be carefully decanted 2-3 hours before serving to allow the wine to open up and leave any sediment behind.

expert reviews about

Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz

Expert Reviews

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.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
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.
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.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
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.
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.
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.
To 2022
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
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
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
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
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Restaurantability ready now and generous soft and long flavours.
Rob Geddes MW
90
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
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

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