Barossa blockbuster... To say that Stonewell Shiraz is a wine for the cellar is to make a major understatement. It's made mostly from vines that were planted in 1885, which typically crop up to 1.5 tonnes per acre.
Miniscule, in other words. And we will have it open for tasting as a one off special on Saturday 6 July from 1pm to 5pm.
The first vintage of Stonewll Shiraz was 1987 when Peter Lehmann wanted to make a top notch Shiraz and is named after Stonewell, the district that he believed put Barossa Shiraz's best foot forward.
The 2013 vintage was one of the driest on record in South Australia and the harvest was early, as a result of the arid growing season. Crops were smaller than usual, which is saying something when it comes to the vineyards this wine is made from. Speaking of which, the 2013 Stonewell Shiraz also includes grapes from a higher altitude vineyard in the Eden Valley which is owned by a long term grape grower who supplies to Peter Lehmann Wines.
The 2013 Stonewell Shiraz was partially fermented and then matured in French oak hogsheads.
The cellaring potential is 12 to 15 years from vintage. But history suggests we could add "and then some", provided the wine is cellared in a cool, dark, temperature stable cellar.