Peter Lehman, Stonewall Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia, 2008
Waitrose - £32.00 purchased 2016
Tasting date - 12/01/2019
Appearance - Deep ruby
Nose intensity - Pronounced
Primary aroma - Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, a hint of black pepper, ripe and pure
Secondary aroma - Chocolate, smoke, tar, aniseed, liquorice
Tertiary aroma - Gamey, raisin, dried leaves, cigar
Sweetness - Dry
Acidity - High
Tannin and nature - High, ripe and soft
Alcohol - High
Body - Full
Intensity - Pronounced
Primary flavours - Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, a hint of black pepper, ripe and pure
Secondary flavours - Chocolate, smoke, tar, aniseed, liquorice
Tertiary flavours - Gamey, raisin, dried leaves, cigar
Finish - Long
Quality - Outstanding
Blind Tasting Logic
Although there is a strong movement away from this style ‘bigger and bolder’ style in some Australian wine circles it would still be the sort of style students would be expected to associate with a ‘classic Barossa Shiraz’. High tannin, high alcohol, pronounced aromas and flavours with plenty of new oak aromas. The acidity is also high which is not uncommon and only a hint of black pepper rotundone aroma, this is actually less common in Barossa than some cooler areas of Australia.
The students and found that this had a bit more elegance than we were expecting and at over 10 years old it looked like it was ageing quite slowly, if you are trying this or a younger vintage blind make sure you decant it for at least a couple of hours before you try it or it may be quite closed.
This style of wine would be what we call a ‘banker’ in the blind tasting game, set up in a trio with other varieties this one should stand out.