Peter Lehmann Stonewell 2007 & 2008
It is always enlightening to see two vintages of the same wine side by side as it sheds some light on the journey of the winemaker. For instance, the Stonewell has relinquished its hold on American Oak, opting for French oak barrels instead. It is also dressed in new togs with an emphasis on style and considering my penchant for black – I am liking the new label. More elegant and understated compared to the previous more stoic 06 version.
Stonewell Shiraz 2008
2008 was a difficult year for some in the Barossa. However, this wine is looking stunning thanks to the shiraz being in tank before the excessive heat. There is little doubt, however, that this is a proud Barossan stylistically.
Fragrant with blackfruit, chocolate, pepper with a lick of liquorice sweetness offset by a faint iodine and seaweed. On the palate there is some spiced plums to add to the densely packed texture. It is a full bodied solidly giving wine. The tannins are firm but support the fuller body and all is in balance. The alcohol seems to be on the downward trend at a more approachable 14%. Looks deliciously fine now with more than a decade in its future.
Date: May 2012 Price: $100 Value: $$$ Drink: Now – 10+ years
Stonewell Shiraz 2007
With slightly less complexity than the 2008, this vintage seems to be more about texture. The 2007 is smooth, juicy and long and a baby yet. There is the typical warmer climate shiraz blackberry and earth with an ample dose of vanilla and warm spice. The fruit is plush on the middle palate with more than a lick of oak on the finish.
Date: May 2012 Price: $90 Value: $$ Drink: Now – 10+ years