David Franz Red Rosé 2015
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Shiraz, Riesling, Crouchen et al
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. David's winemaking is wild and minimalist. His father instilled in him the belief that good farming in the vineyard makes for good wine.
Now a wine like David's Red Rosé treads a fine line between genius and madness. This is very much in the genius camp.
It is a dark, deeply flavoured, dry but not especially structured rosé (like the darker rosé wines of Tavel might be) containing 108 grape varieties.
Yes you read that correctly. 108 grape varieties.
You've got Barossa Valley Shiraz along with white varieties Riesling and Crouchen (a relatively obscure but widespread grape from the Pyrenees known also as “Clare Riesling” in South Australia and “Cape Riesling” or “Paarl Riesling” in South Africa). Then a field blend of 105 other table & wine grape varieties from a Barossa nursery, from Vermentino to Russian Seedless to Pedro Ximenez and so many in between.
It’s explosively aromatic, smooth to drink and bursting with red fruits, if you closed your eyes you might even be drinking a white wine when the Riesling and Crouchen notes kick in... and yet after all that it’s dry, refreshing and clocking in at 12.5% ABV. Thrilling and frivolous and serious and daft in equal measure and the 2015 vintage remains as fresh as a daisy.