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Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Eight Songs Shiraz was born of our love of art and music and inspired by an operatic work, ‘Eight Songs for Mad King', first performed in the Barossa in 1993.

The colour is beautiful dark cherry with a rich garnet rim. The nose is deep chocolate, plum fruits and cedary notes. The palate is richly opulent, beautifully structured with layered, fully integrated tannins supporting the depth of primary fruit characters and spicy overtones.

Eight Songs Shiraz sings with rare roast beef, rich casseroles, beef and game pies, and of course, a great aged cheddar.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
Pure fruitcake and chocolate bouquet; loaded with blackberry on the palate, there are ample levels of dark fruit, tar, licorice and a touch of spice; rich on entry, the acidity provides freshness and contrast.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Polished, round and distinctive for its dark chocolate and chili pepper undertones around a core of ripe currant and blackberry. Shows power and finesse. Drink now through 2015. 200 cases imported.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
This full bodied, richly textured Shiraz is ready to drink, with slightly lifted aromas of plums and baking spices and a velvety mouthfeel. Long and supple on the finish, it should continue to drink well though at least 2018.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Peter Lehmann's 2005 Eight Songs Shiraz offers a medium-deep garnet color and evolving aromas of mulberries, warm blackberry, Chinese dried plum, earth, toasted nuts, coffee and smoked bacon. Well structured with medium-firm fine-grained tannins and high acidity, this is a concentrated, full-bodied style with great balance and a long savory finish. Drinking now, it should continue to develop and cellar to 2018+.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
This shiraz has begun to soften with age, its mineral tannins revealing layers of herbs, sleek plum and strawberry fruit. The flavors are saturated without being sweet, ready to decant for roast leg of lamb.
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Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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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.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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