Peter Lehmann, with 33 vintages already under his belt, started his own winery in 1979, partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa. "I'll take your grapes and turn them into wine," he told the desperate growers, many of them conservative farmers of Silesian descent who regarded their old vines as part of their patrimony. "But I'll only be able to pay you when I sell the wine." They gratefully accepted. Without this deal, it is widely thought that the Barossa would have lost a huge chunk of its old vines. This is the Peter Lehmann flagship wine, first produced in 1987 and made from a selection of their best Shiraz. He named it 'Stonewell' after the district that he believed best showed the characters admired most in Barossa Shiraz.
Peter Lehmann works with over 140 growers across the length and breadth of the Barossa Valley region, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites. Each year the very best Shiraz from the Barossa is selected for the Stonewell blend. The grapes for this wine were grown in the Eden Valley, Moppa, Tanunda and Light Pass sub-regions.
The 2008 vintage is held in high regard in the Barossa, giving red wines of excellent regional and varietal character.
The juice was fermented and macerated on the skins for up to two weeks, with some parcels undergoing barrel fermentation. After pressing and clarification, maturation took place in 90% French and 10% American oak hogsheads for approximately 14 months.
Dense black centre with a deep garnet rim. The bouquet is redolent of dark plums and chocolate, with a hint of mixed spice. An extremely dignified wine, with a superbly taut structure and intense fruit depth held together by firm tannins.