Langton's Peter Lehmann Stonewell Vertical 2009, 2010, 2013 3-Pack
Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz represents the essence of the Barossa’s generous character. Immensely concentrated, low-yield fruit, combined with skilled winemaking, is the basis of this great Australian Shiraz. Stonewell, first vintaged in 1987, is sourced from the 'best of the best' Shiraz vineyards of the Barossa, including Stonewell (hence the name), Marananga, Greenock, Kalimna, Ebenezer and the dry western district of Rosedale.
Eden Valley material can also be included in certain years. A classical yet modern style, nowadays the wine is barrel fermented and matured in new and “second-fill” French oak. Stonewell Shiraz shows plenty of panforte, plum, chocolate aromas, voluminous sweet fruit, structured tannins, well-seasoned oak flavours and tremendous length.
Deep purple-crimson; imposes itself from the first whiff of the expressive bouquet, the first sip of the palate, yet does so with style (and guile); 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. Drink to 2035.
96 points, Wine Companion, January 2013
An historic release of Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz in that it’s the first to include Eden Valley-grown grapes in the wine. It’s a substantial contribution too: 30 percent of the wine. “Only the biggest and blackest fruit gets into the taste-off for Stonewell,” Lehmann chief winemaker Andrew Wigan (now retired) said. “We tasted more than 80 Shiraz components as a team before settling on the top one percent that made that grade. It was a nice surprise to see how the Eden Valley fruit shone.”... It’s a beautiful wine in its style. All fruit, dense and black, with very little tannin getting in the way. It has the fruit density of Grange, and yet it’s a thoroughly different style of wine. Before it sounds as though I’m calling this wine structureless; I’m not. Indeed it’s a perfectly well structured and balanced wine. Thick blackberry, smoky/coffeed oak, earth, asphalt and mint. Smooth texture. Admittedly the tannin rises in the wine given time to breathe, and when it does it’s grainy and gritty, redolent of coffee grounds and toast. The linger here, the persistence, is quite exceptional. Drink to 2028+
95+ points, Wine Front, September 2013
Full crimson-purple; while the provenance of the wine ensures there will be an abundance of flavours, there is a tension within the fruit expression that adds an X-factor, drawing out the finish, and leaving the mouth fresh. All in all, a special wine from a special vintage destined for a very long life. Drink to 2050.
97 points, Wine Companion, February 2014
“Stonewell is unapologetically rich and robust – a monument to the style that put Barossa on the world map.” So says its maker, Andrew Wigan (now retired). 2010 is generally regarded as a top vintage... The road of flavour is so deep, and so wide, it’s like a rolling river -- to paraphrase a classic Dire Straits lyric. This really is the duck’s guts of Barossa Shiraz. All power, all class, all fruit and bone. Big grainy tannin. Big black berry and mocha waves with sprays of earth and dried spice. It’s so well built, there is no question that it will live and develop for a very long time. A bit old school but then, when you harbour this kind of gravity, you go beyond fashion. Drink to 2040.
96 points, Wine Companion, August 2014
Classic old vine Shiraz with great fruit density, impressive flavour complexity and a structure that will ensure that the wine ages gracefully. There has been no compromise in favour of early drinkability although it can certainly be appreciated now. Serious Shiraz
96 points, Real Review, June 2014.
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.