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Winemakers, by their very nature, are dreamers. Some dream of making the ultimate Pinot Noir, for some it is the dream of truly capturing a vineyard inside a bottle, others, their dreams are a little more left of centre. Dave Lehmann (AKA David Franz), son of the Australian wine icon, Peter Lehmann, has long held the dream of making one wine out of 100 varieties. This Rosé is a vinous cocktail containing no less than 108 varieties. With painstaking attention to detail, every one of them, along with brief description of their qualities is inscribed on the bottle itself by Dave and his wife. The fruit comes from a variety of sources; some from the Langmeil nursery block in the western section of the Barossa; some from the varietal rainbow that is Ricca Terra farms. Coincidentally, this also realises a Different Drop dream, to have 100 Australian grown varieties available on our site, conveniently all in one bottle. Dreams can come true!
What it Tastes Like
Much fresher release than the previous vintage. Soft berry scents and spices with a slightly floral lilt. The full barrel ferment seems to have brought greater harmony to this vintage. It's round and clean and refreshing, it's just a delicious dry Rosé that happens to be made from an insane amount of varieties.
93 points. "Remarkable stuff here, really, 108 grape varieties join forces in this rose wine. What a thing! Rare breed. It’s a wild one, full of personality, charisma loud and proud, the Opera singer and not a chess player. Bouquet is a garish fog of red currants, pomegranate, cherries, cranberry, I smell clove, cinnamon and cola too. The palate has chomp and totally wonderful bitterness, like a curious Campari it rolls on its chalky hinges and finishes with a relaxed puddle of red and orangey juicy things. Wonderful drinking. Man, so good." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Production: From our Stonewell Hill and Stelzer Road vineyards: 1.7t Shiraz | 1.9t ‘Red Rosé’ Block Mixed varieties | 0.45t Riesling | 1.0t Crouchen | 0.3t White Fronti Ashley Ratcliff: 0.5t Vermentino from his Barmera Block Kevin Bartsch: 2.2t Mixed varieties from his Langmeil Road nursery block Total of around 8.1 tonne yielding 8550 bottles. Bottled 31st of March 2016 Philosophy: 2015 brings the vinous components of this vibrant wine to an epic ‘One Hundred and Eight Varieties’ aka the 2015 Red Rosé saga. “But Dave,” I hear you say “…that’s just too INSANE TO BE TRUE!!!” Well, dear potential drinker, what you (with a simple click) hold in your hand is proof irrefutable that ‘au contraire’, it is not only possible but absolutely delicious as well! Colour: Brilliant Deep Raspberry with seductive pink notes about the meniscus Nose: Perfectly ripe raspberries and toffee apples soar gracefully over a potpourri of fragrant rose petal , Turkish delight with a cheeky hint of yeasty autolysis and harmonious oak peeking out underneath Palate: Emulating a perfect raspberry and red current crush with lovely tight acidity leading through a generous fruit driven body finishing with a long lingering smear of lime and butterscotch sorbet. The rich floral characters of the Aromatic Varieties give an implied middle palate sweetness that is fully cleansed by the slightly sweet but crisp finish. Best when lightly chilled.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Dave is a Barossa boy, through and through. Son of the legendary Barossa icon, Peter Lehmann, Dave is forging his own path as a winemaker. He combines a traditional look at the classic Barossa varieties with some adventurous (and at times ludicrously ambitious) ideas. But one thing is for sure, whether it is making a ripping Barossa Shiraz or a Rosé from 100+ varieties, his love for his region will be at the core of everything he does.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
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