PETER LEHMANN STONEWELL SHIRAZ - 2004
Peter Lehmann's special high-end Barossa Shiraz is made from the best wine of each vintage and from small old vineyards with low yields. The wine has 14.5% alcohol and was matured in 90% French and 10% American oak hogsheads for about 18 months.
Dark purple-red color with a somewhat subdued nose of dark cocoa, Sweet Tarts, and black fruit. Huge fruit bomb with a big tannic structure, tremendous saturation and intensity. Flavors of goji berries, cranberry/pomegranate and briary berries are mixed with charred oak and lots of fresh red plums on the finish.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
With only 300 cases imported and priced at $90 a bottle, this is purely a collector's wine. There's great power to this Shiraz and it could definitely benefit from some time in the cellar. Right now there's a bit too much alcohol on the back-end and that needs to settle down. Despite its quality, it is hard to recommend due to its high price point and the fact that there are many $25 - $40 Barossa Shirazs that do this just as well.