Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Peter Lehmann's selection of Shiraz for his first ever wine, sold by mail order as The Futures, reflected his belief that Barossa Shiraz was a unique Australian genre with a destiny to become an international success story. The inaugural 1980 release was a magnificent wine, highly lauded by the industry press, it still drinks remarkably well. Originally sold to friends and associates on a pay now and we'll deliver in two years arrangement, essentially for the fledgling Peter Lehmann winery to acquire some cash and ensure that it did in fact have a future.
Outstanding parcels of Shiraz grown to a small number of low yielding, mature vineyards, owned and operated by specialist Barossa growers, passionate in their commitment to producing distinctively regional wines of exceptional flavour, and structural elegance. Peter Lehmann's decision to establish his own winery was an act of faith in his beloved Barossa Valley, and proof of his commitment to his Barossa grape growers. Shiraz is vinified and macerated on skins for up to a fortnight, with some partial barrel fermentations. Following processing and clarification, Futures Shiraz was matured fifteen months in a selection of fine French oak hogsheads, a wine of superb mouthfeel and complexity. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep rich red colour, a brooding centre and bright rim. The nose offers ripe plum, dark chocolate, black olives and hints of currant. A rich velvety palate with a fruit intensity which comes only from low yielding Shiraz vines. Superb firm tannin structure and a long, balanced finish, ensuring a long life in the bottle. The wine says drink me with roast beef, grilled steak and hearty casseroles.