PETER LEHMANN EIGHT SONGS SHIRAZ - 2003
From Barossa, Australia with 14.5% alcohol and fermented in 100% new French oak hogsheads. The name of the wine was inspired by the operatic work, "Eight Songs for Mad King," first performed in the Barossa in 1993.
Deep red color with rich berries, perfume/floral notes and brand new baseball card bubblegum on the nose. On the second day aromas of shaved chocolate emerge. On the palate there's lots of plum on the mid-palate, candied fruits, vanilla, hints of clove and tart cherries on the finish. Smooth and concentrated.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
A very good Barossa Shiraz with saturated fruit and alcohol that is kept pretty much in check. Anyone who's tasted a lot of Aussie Shiraz knows that the alcohol on these reds are often out of whack. That's not the case here although the wine is a bit sugar-shocked and leans into the fake fruit flavors a little too much for my taste. On the second day the wine is still incredibly vibrant and shows some prune and fig undertones. Retails for an expensive $38 making this a questionable recommendation.