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Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz 2018 £16.95
PETER LEHMANN THE BAROSSAN SHIRAZ
Crafted by the next generation of Peter Lehmann winemakers, The Barossan showcases the superb fruit sourced from the many sub-regions across the Barossa Valley. Parcels of high-quality fruit were carefully selected from around 40 growers to produce a seamless blend of varying expressions of Shiraz.
The fruit was fermented and macerated on skins for up to two weeks, with 25% barrel fermentation. Once blended, the wine was transferred into barrels, 50% of which were new American oak, the remainder being older French and American oak, for 15 months before bottling.
This creates a complex and layered wine with fruit intensity and suppleness. Lifted cherry and brooding dark fruit aromas combine seamlessly with sweet chocolate and mocha undertones. An intense, generous and full-bodied wine with fine tannins and a soft, supple finish.
92 Points James Halliday
Hand-picked across the more propitiously situated blocks; machine picked across others. Full-bodied and glossy, as could be expected, with a bright vermilion hue. Dark cherry, olive, smoked meat, camphor and a brush of aniseed coat the cheeks. A clench of reductive tension and nicely embedded oak tighten things up across a generous chocolatey finish licked with a peppery spice. The structural attributes here are winning.
Reviewed by Ned Goodwin
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