$480.00 / case
|Our Price: $79.99 / bottle (RRP: $100.00)||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'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.'
95+ Points - Campell Mattinson, The Wine Front
The best wine of each vintage & one of the world's great Shiraz.
The story of Stonewell Shiraz began in 1987 when Peter Lehmann decided to make a special Shiraz - a wine of immense intensity and muscularity that would demand time in the barrel and bottle before release. The wine was named ‘Stonewell’ after the district that he believed best showed the characters admired most in Barossa Shiraz.
This tradition has continued and each vintage the best Shiraz fruit from our extensive network of growers is chosen to create Stonewell. Usually no more than a dozen small, old vineyards are selected each year, the oldest planted in 1885. The berries are small and sparse with crops typically less than 1.5 tonnes per acre.
The pedigree of these vineyards and the knowledge that has been passed from each grape growing generation to the next assures us that Stonewell Shiraz is a wine of great longevity that can be cellared with confidence for many years to come.
Vintage - The 2012 vintage came early and was low yielding. The weather was quite mild throughout and the quality is outstanding - the fruit was beautifully balanced with great colour and varietal definition.
Vineyards - Three of our premium low-yielding vineyards met the Stonewell standard to be included into this vintage. All three vineyards, Obbietivo, Carey and Simar are located in the southern part of the Barossa.
Winemaking - Fermented on skins in static fermenters for two weeks prior to pressing through a small batch basket press. Following clarification the wine was aged in French oak hogsheads for 12 months prior to bottling and further ageing in our cellars until its release.
This limited release Stonewell shows a deep, black centre with dark, plummy fruit and a touch of chocolate and aniseed on the nose. The palate is richly structured with fine tannins and a long persistent finish. This wine shows distinct flavours of black fruits, dark plums, licorice and dark chocolate with hints of black pepper. This wine will cellar beautifully for the next 20 plus years.
Enjoy - Savour with rich game dishes, roast beef, and cheese such as parmigiano reggiano, aged cheddar or Grana Padano.
Alc/vol - 14.5%
'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.'
96 Points - James Halliday
'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 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.'
95+ Points - Campbell Mattinson
'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.'
94 Points - Wine Spectator
'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.'
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
'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+. '
90 Points - Robert Parker