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Peter Lehman, Stonewall Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia, 2008

January 20, 2019

 

 

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.

 

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