My tribute to the Old Man is to resurrect the ‘Hydraulic Press Shiraz’ and hopefully reinforce this link with my past while bringing beautiful rich soft Barossa Shiraz to a new generation of drinkers. My tribute to 'Reality' is to have a 'Plan B' up my sleeve for when the 'HP Shiraz runs out - This is my 'Plan B'
A Cheeky Shiraz Side Project from 2016 which saw the more muscular parcels that were too big for the '16 HP, but not quite up to '16 Benjamin's Promise gathered together and bottled separately, As with all my Shiraz, small batch processed in 500kg-650kg lots & Sourced from our two Stelzer Road blocks, Bultawilta and Stonewell Hill Vineyards.
Total production 1150 Bottles
Bright yet deep red with a rich inviting purple core
Brilliant bright red raspberry up front over crunchy Sasuma plum interwoven around spice box complexity underpinned with savoury yeasty dark notes
Liltingly pure Shiraz in its natural environment bursts seductively over the palate playing ring-a-rosie with a fruit basket of red summer berries. Smooth and curvy like running your tongue along the duco of a super-car is the only way to describe the ridiculously smooth long lingering palate length with velvety soft tanning holding the whole show up.
Growing up in the Lehmann household had many advantages for the cheeky young fellas my Brother Phil and I once were. Undoubtedly, one of the best things was having clandestine access to ‘PL’ and Marg‘s Cellar and drinking (on the sly) the wines Dad made at Saltrams in the 60’s and 70’s. Not only was it bloody cheap (the Old Five Finger Discount) it also forged our palates and (for me at least) built the unconscious ‘markers’ that have defined the way my wine making style evolved. A perennial favorite for Phil and me was the ‘HP’ Shiraz blends from the first half of the 70‘s. These warm plush rich reds still echo in my mind’s palate and drinking them today never fails to remind just how great Barossa Shiraz really is. My tribute to the Old Man is to resurrect the ‘Hydraulic Press Shiraz’ and hopefully reinforce this link with my past while bringing beautiful rich soft Barossa Shiraz to a new generation of drinkers... Which is all well and good, until the HP Runs out! Dad also taught me, one of the most important things to have up your sleeve is a Plan B. This is PLAN B!!! Cheers!