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Rockford Basket Press 2000 Barossa Shiraz

It had been 10 years since I last saw Dr Mike Fay.
The last time we met he very generously produced a bottle of Rockford Basket press 2000 Barossa Shiraz from his suitcase, having crossed the globe from Australia.
It was in great condition and was one of the few highlights of my time recovering from spinal surgery. Very much the catalyst to recovery I believe.
A decade later he turned up in Byron Bay a mere 10 hours drive North this time.
With great delight Mike delivered another bottle of Rockford Basket press 2000 Barossa Shiraz. It had been carefully maintained in his self built cellar.
This is one of my all time favourite wines, to get the chance to taste a 20 year old bottle, to share it and catch up with great mates from Junior Doctor jobs at the Wairau hospital was a treat I really never expected.
It didn’t disappoint. Ben, my son’s first reaction was of amazement, ‘what’s this? I’ve never tasted anything like it before’
Mike and I had to keep the bottle closely guarded and rationed it out with great care.
What a nose! Polished saddle leather, tar, lilies, savoury, hint of smoke and still some black fruit, though fading.
On the palate it had the most silky fine tannins a lovely mouthfeel and slipped down too easily.
The perfume developed over the next 15 minutes.. that’s how long the bottle lasted.
Thanks Mike…looking forward to 2030!

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Peter Lehmann Wines with Andrew Wigan at The Swan Restaurant June 5th 2014


The sun set on the Thames , on a glorious pre world cup evening. 

Some of Australia’s finest wines  were presented by one of their leading Winemakers – Andrew Wigan to entertain a full house of 35.

We were also delighted  to have experienced oenologist , Keith Andrews and Joe Roberts of the Hess collection at The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe .

A gourmet four course dinner was served

Starter-Char-grilled king prawns with mango and coriander salsa.

Main-Wagu Beef, young leaks, purple sprouting broccoli and Sauce Choron

Dessert-Montgomery cheddar with Eccles cakes 

Coffee and petit fours

with  the following wines

Wigan Riesling 2008                                                                  
Margaret Semillion 2007                                                                            

 Art’n’soul Shiraz                                               
Mentor Cabernet Shiraz Malbec 

Stonewell 2007

Botrytis Semillion 2011


Peter Lehmann


Full tasting notes and further details of our favourite wines of the night and where to buy then to follow

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Branson Coach House Shiraz Greenock Barossa Valley 2005 South Australia

bchFull on , massive , you can almost chew it.

If you enjoy a blockbuster Barossa Shiraz this is for you. Along the lines of an Amarone.

Delicious , lovely more unidimensional than hoped for but great body , length , intensity which

make it a worthy New Year 2014 wine of the month , though lacking in complexity.

Available via Exelwines and Cellarlink

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Peter Lehmann ‘The Futures’ Shiraz 2008 Barossa

peter-lehmann-shiraz-2008Deep flavoured, concentrated, intense shiraz, full of spice, liquorice and black fruits. Lovely balance, silky tannins and long finish.

Found in Iceland! at the seafood grill Reykjavic, managed to buy half a case. N/A UK. Please contact me, I may part with a tasting sample!

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Jim Barry, The Lodge Hill 2008 Shiraz Clare Valley

International wine challenge gold, 2010. Brilliant value, 14.5%, deep dark garnet colour. Robust aromas of rasberry, coffee, cherry, mulberry, chocolate and liquorice. Fine to open on Monday pm and enjoy as the week progresses. In fact, it opens up over a few days, gradually revealing sensual ripe sweet tannins. This wine is packed with the lot and is remniscent of the far costlier Jim Barry McRae Wood, which is also excellent. This is a bargain 20% off at Majestic, down to £7.99. (I may have snapped up Majestic’s stock, but it is also available through other merchants – check out www.wine-searcher.com

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McRea Wood shiraz

This is an absolute corker. Should have been on the single malt in Ballater, Royal Deeside, Scottish Highlands, but whisked away by this brilliant full bodied shiraz by Jim Barry, Clare Valley, Australia.

Tried at the Green Inn with Aberdeen Angus steak and panfried foie gras. Just fantastic with bags of fruit, mulberries, blackberries, liquorice, sweet vanillins, soft tannins.

Found it on www.drinksdirect.com on special for £18.98. If you get two, usually £25.00 per bottle. Highly commended!