When Peter Lehmann started making wine in 1980, he only made one Shiraz. Over following years, he noted the consistently high quality of local vineyards but a select few were producing exceptional fruit, more intense, muscular, and deeper in colour. Those special grapes, nicknamed “little black jewels” by Peter and Chief Winemaker Andrew Wigan, were set aside for special treatment and crafted into the finest wine of vintage. They called it Stonewell after the district they believed showed the characters most admired in Barossa Shiraz.
The pedigree of these vineyards and the knowledge that has been passed from each grape growing generation to the next assures us that Stonewell Shiraz is a wine of great longevity that can be cellared with confidence for many years to come. The ‘little black jewels’ represent only a small fraction of Barossa Shiraz produced by Peter Lehmann, a quantity that is dictated entirely by the quality of each vintage.