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Date Printed: 11/24/2014
Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz 2002
Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz 2002
(search item no. 81776)
boutique wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/24/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

8 Songs for a Mad King - This wine (named after a production of "The Eight Songs for a Mad King - the story of King George III") is a tribute to the old vine shiraz of the Barossa Valley which is the repository of some of the worlds oldest shiraz vines.

The colour of this wine is very deep red purple with a black centre and reflects the density of the wine. Its bouquet is overwhelmingly rich with soft, dark berry fruit and well integrated French oak. On the palate it has wonderful rich shiraz flavours of dark berries and Barossa chocolate enveloped in fine grained oak with subtle tannins. Excellent with braised lamb shanks, rare beef, and richly flavoured casseroles and, of course, excellent with aged cheddar cheeses.

2002 was the coolest Barossa vintage on record. The reds are densely coloured with exceptional fruit concentration and structure. Very approachable now, and will continue to develop in the bottle over the next 8-10 years.

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.