David Franz Plane Turning Right 2016
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Merlot 60%, Petit Verdot 21%, Cabernet Sauvignon 12%, Malbec 7%
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 name of this 'Bordeaux blend', Plane Turning Right, is a nod to the right bank of Bordeaux where blends are dominated by Merlot. That component comes from David's Stelzer Road block and the Cabernet Sauvignon is from his Horse Paddock block, while the Petit Verdot and Malbec are grown be nearby friends.
Aged in oak hogsheads, the wine has a gorgeous finesse to it. We're going to leave the rest of the tasting note to David himself:
"The stick is pushed forward and a heady dive into a whirlpool of gauzy silken scarves, coy glances and promises of heaven while the steady Rhumba of a well rounded dancer leads you ever further from the safety of your friends. You turn to look back but the purple haze obscures your vision and cherry wood sticks softly tap on your thighs; warnings of discipline to come… Before the night draws to a close."