Peter Lehmann Futures Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa , Australia
This wine has a deep rich red colour, a brooding centre and a bright rim. On the nose it shows ripe plum, dark chocolate, black olives and a hint of currants. It has a rich & velvety palate with a fruit intensity which comes only from low-yielding Shiraz vines. It has a superb firm tannin structure and a long, balanced finish, ensuring a long life in the bottle.
Did You Know
During the challenging times of the late 70s, Peter Lehmann took a gamble and established a winery based on his desire to "do the right thing" and protect his mates – the independent grape growers of the Barossa. With his word as his bond, and an impending vintage, Peter Lehmann set out to secure cash flow from friends and family on a "pay now and pick up after two years" arrangement so that he could pay his loyal growers for all their hard work. This first Shiraz became known as "Futures" since it secured the future of Peter Lehmann Wines, not to mention scores of independent Barossa growers.
Wine Spectator - "Smooth and refined, with cinnamon and clove accents to the blackberry and tobacco flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2018. "
Australian Wine Companion - "Over the decades, both Lehmann and Tyrrell's hit upon a futures programme, providing them with the same accelerated cash flow than top-end Bordeaux producers derive from their en primeur offers up to two years before their release. This medium- to full-bodied wine has plenty of black fruits, and even more liberal oak."
Peter Lehmann Winery
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. View all Peter Lehmann Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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