David Franz Long Gully Road Ancient Vine Semillon 2018
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Son of Australian winemaking legend Peter Lehmann, David manages 75 acres of the family's vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valley, home to some incredibly old vines. More than 130 years-old in the case of his now iconic Long Gully Road Semillon. David's winemaking is wild and minimalist. His father instilled in him the belief that good farming in the vineyard makes for good wine.
The block the fruit is sourced from is nestled safely in a fold of foothills that mark the start of the Eden Valley and the end of the Barossa Floor. The soil is a loose sandy loam over Angaston marble that gives this Semillon a pure water source all year round. The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of the morning then basket pressed straight to tank. A long cold 8-week ferment and partial malolactic followed by the wine resting for 10 months on the un-stirred lees has ensured every nuance of flavour is retained and a rich textural tapestry built. The final aim of all these processes is to present a wine that while it drinks beautifully in youth, will really hit the sweet spot after a few years in bottle.
Zesty lemon curd pie with a smooth honeyed finish. Balanced fruit and textural weight fill the mouth. The light and clean palate lingers on beautifully leaving you ready for the next sip.