Vale Peter Lehmann, a member of the Order of Australia, the original Baron of the Barossa, and a legend of Australian wine, helped shape the wine industry over seven decades. Peter Lehmann established the Tanunda-based winery that bears his name in 1979, creating a wine brand that today signifies quality Barossa winemaking. Each vintage, over 140 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann Wines with quality fruit from over 700 hand-tended vineyards located throughout the Barossa.
In the beginning we made just one Shiraz, the grape variety that has defined the Barossa as one of the world's great wine regions. But we knew Shiraz that came from some vineyards was better than others - smaller, deeper in colour and more intensely flavoured - 'Little Black Jewels' we called them. For over 20 years, Stonewell has been lauded as one of Australia's greatest wines and one of the world's greatest Shiraz. - Andrew Wigan
Stonewell may not be the most famous Barossa shiraz, and it is far from the most awarded, but when it is lined up against its peers, as I do frequently, its consistency across more than two decades, its core of profound longevity and the ever-escalating grandeur of its finest vintages are without parallel. It is for these reasons that I am unequivocal in my view that Peter Lehmann Stonewell is singularly the finest Barossa shiraz of the modern era. As if a culmination of all of the finest traits in everything that has come before it, 2008 Stonewell has the concentration of black fruits of 1998, the purity and focus of 2002, the mouth-filling tannin texture of 2004 and the composure of 2006. And yet if goes further still, with a captivating violet perfume and a seamless integration of fruit and oak that confirms its pedigree long before its release. Only time will tell if this is the fairest of them all. Rating: 99 Points; Tyson Stelzer
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