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Peter Lehmann Shiraz Stonewell 750ml 2009
Sku: 1804739*
Product Rating
Critics Ratings:       (3)
Product Information
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Sub-Region: Barossa
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Grape Varietal: Syrah
Type: Still wine
Reg. 112.99
On Sale $90.99
Buy Peter Lehmann Shiraz Stonewell
Wine Advocate 90 points - Deep garnet-purple in color the 2009 Stonewell Shiraz presents an evolving nose of stewed plums, blackberry preserves and dried mulberries with nuances of dusty earth, tobacco and dried sage. Medium to full-bodied, it has a prominent backbone of crisp acid and firm, chewy tannins with just enough mature fruit to flesh out the structure through the long finish. Drink it now to 2018+.  (May 2014)

Wine Enthusiast 92 points - Lehmann’s 2009 may not be its best or longest lived Stonewell, but it’s a luscious example nonetheless. It’s round and creamy in the mouth, with no hard edges, and easy-to-appreciate flavors of black cherries, plums, toasty oak and menthol. Drink now-2020.  (Sep 2013)

Wine Spectator 94 points - Firm, focused and juicy with currant and plum fruit that mingles with coffee and toasted bread notes as the finish lingers against well-integrated tannins. Best from 2015 through 2021. From Australia.H.S. (Jan 16 2013)

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Technical notes
Alcohol: 14.5%

Producer
Pioneer Vineyard High in the hills surrounding the Barossa Valley lies Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley’s first vineyard. Its founder, Englishman Joseph Gilbert, arrived in South Australia after seeing an advertisement in the London Times announcing the vessel, The Buckinghamshire’s imminent departure for the colony. Land was up for grabs and Joseph wasted no time grabbing it, just four months after his arrival - 15,000 acres of rugged high country in the then-wild and remote Barossa ranges, some 40 miles from Adelaide. By 1841, just two years after his arrival, Joseph, the 38 year old son of a well-heeled English landowner, had built a fine homestead and planted Pewsey Vale’s first grapevines. The vines were of a table grape variety, but an idea was starting to take shape... In 1847 Joseph planted a one-acre vineyard, establishing Eden Valley’s pioneer vineyard and one of Australia’s first high altitude, cool climate vineyards. At the same time, several hundred feet below, Johann Gramp was planting the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard. The pioneering Joseph Gilbert trialled many different grape varieties at Pewsey Vale, later distributing cuttings to aspiring vignerons in surrounding areas. His experimental approach to viticulture and winemaking helped lay the foundations for the wine industry that would become so important to the region. During the 1920s, Pewsey Vale succumbed to the fate of so many of Australia’s early vineyards, falling into disuse as a result of the severe economic hardship of the Great Depression. The vineyard’s potential was rediscovered at a time when only the history books recorded the existence of the original vineyards. In 1961, Pewsey Vale’s then-owner, Geoffrey Angas Parsons, became aware that his property had once incorporated the region’s earliest vineyard. Excited by his discovery, he wasted no time in paying a visit to his good friend Wyndham Hill Smith of Yalumba with a proposal to restore the Pewsey Vale vineyard. Parson’s proposal was timely indeed, coming at a time when several of the larger, more innovative wine companies were considering potential vineyard sites with cooler ripening conditions than could be found on the Barossa Valley floor. Wyndham Hill Smith, convinced of the potential of the area, needed no further persuading and work at Pewsey Vale began soon after. Riesling was planted as a matter of course - initially 56 hectares planted in contoured rows.

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