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David Franz, Long Gully Road Ancient Vine Semillon 2018
Firm crisp and juicy with a mouth watering acidity. Balanced fruit and textural mouth weight fill the mouth with the light delicate combination of pure lemon, dried herbal leaves and yeast complexity. The super light and clean palate lingers on beautifully leaving the mouth ready for the next sip.
David Franz is the son of winemaking great, Peter Lehmann. After spending some time in the great wine regions of the world, David returned to his native Barossa to toil the fields. Like his father, David firmly believes great wine is made when you see the wine through the whole process, from vine to bottle, starting at pruning. His extreme knowledge and passion combined with having Carte Blanche over 75 acres of prime vineyard results in wines of stunning quality. This is by far one of the most exciting ranges of wine to come out of Barossa and Eden for a while and we are pleased to bring them to you!
JancisRobinson 17.5pts (2017) - 132-year-old vines, possibly the oldest Semillon vines in the world. Just 1.5 ha and only 2,500 bottles produced. Franz picks two weeks earlier than any of his neighbours. 10 months on lees in tank. Taut with grapefruit aroma. Brilliant intensity and richness for an unoaked wine, the texture all from the lees, I assume, and perhaps the old vines and low yields. Beautifully balanced and long. GV (JH)
Wine Advocate 90pts (2016) - At only just over 10% alcohol, this is a light-bodied, rainwater-like wine, derived from 19th-century vines said to be a Madeira clone. Delicate lemon curd notes entwine hints of crushed stone. It's an intriguing, perplexing wine that's so light, so delicate, yet it suggests an inner tensile strength. Lemon and tea notes linger on the finish.