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Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

The Stonewell shiraz is the 'big dog' in the Lehmann range. It's an iconic Aussie shiraz that appears darker than a rottweiller, but is much more cuddly. The inky colour leads to a compact black fruited nose wth twists of choc-mint. The palate is profound with dense, dark berries, a firm, fine line of tannins, and a deep, long, sumptuous finish. It's a crime to drink it now, but if you just can't help yourself, give it plenty of air and cook up a hunk of beef caveman-style.

Winemaker's Notes

Dense black centre with a deep garnet rim. The nose shows lashings of dark plums and chocolate with hints of mint. A wine of great dignity, its structure is superbly taut, with intense depth of fruit reined in by the firm tannins. As befits a wine made in strictly limited quantities, this is a wine for posterity and may be cellared with confidence.

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Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; the aromas and flavours are complex, yet seamlessly moulded in a supple display of black and red fruits, the tannins equally supple, the French oak totally integrated and balanced.
To 2035
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
96
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
There is an ever-rising theme of restraint in Stonewell, and the cool January and February of 2008 reinforced this style, picked largely prior to the unforgettable heatwave in early March. The result is one of the great Stonewells of all time, with a tannin structure that is a revelation: superfine, almost mineral in its textural presence, yet with a grip and a control that promise great things in two decades time. There is immense concentration of black fruits, coal steam, liquorice, even a hint of Barossa metwurst, yet it carries with remarkable precision and immense control.
2028-2038
Wine Taste Special Edition 88
97
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Impenetrable colour;a flagship wine without excessive baggage and window dressing; pure, ripe and fragrant Barossa fruit, layered, perfumed and attractive in every regard; the palate is densely structured, but far removed from overbearing, with a fine thread of tannins and a long and expansive finish; a lovely fresh wine from a challenging vintage.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple, remarkable for age, although it was a great vintage; the transition from American to French oak has added lustre to the bouquet and medium-bodied palate; the dark fruits and bitter chocolate flavours are intense and long, with a matrix of juicy and savoury characters to play with.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Stonewell is the finest modern Barossa shiraz and 06 is like none that has come before it. Nothing else compares in profound longevity, concentrated power and uncompromising composure.
Wine100 2011
97
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Hefty price, but we have to say that Stonewell lives up to the hype. We attended a tasting of twenty years of Stonewell during the year, and the number of 'hits' was outstanding. An Aussie classic. One sip and you're hooked. It presses all the right buttons in all the right places: profound dark-fruit flavour, integrated cedary oak, lengthy, filigree tannin, brightness of flavour and the persistence to polish off the package. Terrific.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Bright colour; dark and tarry on the surface, the bouquet reveals a vibrant, pure and poised core of black fruit interlaced with well-handled oak; the palate is dense and chewy, but shows a deft hand of balance between the elements of fruit, tannin, acid and the slight savoury complexity; very long and quite tannic, time will treat this wine with kindness.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Hefty price, but we have to say that Stonewell lives up to the hype. We attended a tasting of twenty years of Stonewell during the year, and the number of 'hits' was outstanding. An Aussie classic. Seamless, substantial, thick with beefy, cassis-like flavour and signs (already) of a consummated marriage between oak and dark grape-derived flavour. Excellent tannin and, even as a young wine, a feeling of completeness. This could be really something.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
95
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Excellent colour; much firmer and more concentrated than Eight Songs; classy blackberry fruit, equally classy oak, and tannins which have more authority, the last still to fully soften into the wine. This is, and will be for many years, a classic.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A classic Barossa shiraz that effortlessly marries remarkable intensity and concentration with elegance and finesse. Deeply concentrated, its vibrant, minty and briary aromas of blackcurrants and red berries are backed by cedar/dark chocolate oak. Rather closed, it slowly unfolds layers of dark berry and plum-like flavour knit tightly with dusty, fine-grained oak, culminating in a long, lingering finish of meaty, wild berry flavour, dark olives and robust, but pliant tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
96
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Lovely wine in all respects; medium-bodied, with great regional character and fruit; filled with flavour, yet retains great elegance. Only 14° alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1999 Vintage) says
Classic Barossa. Elegant, powerful, smooth.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1996 Vintage) says
Superb. Big but elegant, structured and long.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
97

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