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.
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
Wine SpectatorSmooth and refined, with cinnamon and clove accents to the blackberry and tobacco flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2018.
Australian Wine CompanionOver 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.