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Wine & Olive Oil

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About Us

Max & Me is located in Eden Valley, the beautiful high country of the Barossa. From Boongarrie Estate on the slopes of Keynes Hill, Max & Me produces Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, olive oil, plus Riesling from Flaxmans Valley, and Grenache from Springton. A true reflection of the variety, vineyard site, and vintage is the mission at Max & Me wines and olive oil, made by Phil & Sarah Lehmann. Our wines use minimal additives, and almost all of them are vegan.

Phil developed his winemaking philosophy during his formative years growing up in the Barossa Valley. His philosophy was further refined through overseas winemaking experiences in Napa Valley, Burgundy, and Stellenbosch, as well as his local winemaking stints at Yalumba, Peter Lehmann Wines, Teusner & Vickery.

Sarah danced classical ballet and contemporary dance, including ten years with Queensland Ballet, The Australian Ballet, and Leigh Warren and Dancers, before earning a degree in science. In an unbelievable twist, 2 decades later, Sarah Lehmann (Peace) returned to Australian Ballet between December 2022 and June 2023, “… performing with Australian Ballet stars past and present in Paragon, the 60th-anniversary production“, a sublime experience.

Sarah brings valuable creativity and perspective to everything we do at Max & Me. Besides maintaining a sustainable approach to grape growing and land management, she has strong ethics when it comes to running our business.

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Estate Vineyard & Winemaking

Boongarrie Estate, owned by Phil and Sarah, is located on the northen slopes of Keynes Hill. Rock outcrops and ancient redgum trees dot the landscape. Vineyard elevation is 430-460 meters.

Vineyards cover a total of 10 hectares. It began with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1998, and recently added Riesling, Grenache and Gamay in 2021. In addition, there is a 4 hectare olive grove planted with Manzanilla, Pendolino, and Kalamata olives (est. 2004).

In order to maintain and improve soil health, compost is applied, vineyard grass diversity is encouraged, straw mulch is applied under the vine, and herbicides and pesticides are avoided. As water supply is always tight, the straw mulch in the undervine strip helps the vines conserve moisture.

For the reds, small open fermenters are used, with barrel maturation in old and new French oak 300 litre hogsheads and 500 litre puncheons. The Riesling is fermented in stainless steel and bottled after a few months on the lees.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, specifically the Peramangk Aboriginal people. We pay respect to their Elders, past present and emerging.

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Reviews

Cabernet sauvignon from Phil and Sarah Lehmann’s beautiful Boongarrie vineyard, between Keyneton and the Eden Valley. There is a brightness to the aromatic profile in this year’s release, a high-toned blackberry pastille note that sits above the black cherry fruits with hints of rose petals, licorice, wild herbs, tobacco leaf, pressed flowers, marzipan and earth. Impressive granitic tannins appear ripe and willing to lend support, while Eden Valley acidity provides a vibrant pulse. Showing good sustain and fruit purity on the finish.

95/100 points GOLD
Date when tasted: 24 Feb 2023
13.8% alc
drink now–2033, $50

Halliday 2024 Roundel 95 Points

– by Andrew Caillard & Angus Hughson –
The Vintage Journal – Barossa Guide 2023
Max & Me Estate ‘The House Blend’ Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Eden Valley 2021

Deep crimson. Evocative cassis. Elderberry, black cherry aromas with spicy sage notes. Pure fruited wine with deep set blackcurrant pastille blackberry jam Parma violet flavours, lovely fine grainy/ cedar tannins and underlying spicy notes. Finishes chewy, minerally and fruity. Very contemporary and a delicious early drinking style.

       96/100 points
       13.8% alc
       drink now–2027, $40
– by Andrew Caillard & Angus Hughson –
The Vintage Journal – Barossa Guide 2023
Max & Me Estate Shiraz Eden Valley 2021

Deep crimson. Beautiful fresh boysenberry blackberry pastille aromas with hints of roasted coffee. Pure fruited wine with lovely juicy blackberry, boysenberry fruits, slinky firm tannins and plentiful savoury nuances. Finishes chocolaty with mineral notes.

       95/100 points
       13.0% alc
       drink now–2032, $60

Posted on 12 July 2023.

Tasted blind. Reflections. A very refreshing, I want to say modern style amongst many tannic, oak-heavy and overly ripe Grenaches out there… not all need to be of this style but the drinkability here is sky high. 2022 is the inaugural release of this Grenache. 150+ year old vines.

Bright ruby colour with purple reflections. This is a light, very fresh, juicy style with plenty of red fruits, green herbs, forest freshness and a hint of smoke. There’s pure fruity juiciness here, balanced by much needed savoury finish, just the right amount of chalky tannins, and a lingering blood-orange tang. Balance.

The freshness and tart red berries are a theme here. It opens up more with wild rose perfume, a slight meaty edge and more umami in flavour. Persistence. My mind wanders to high-altitude regions with cool nights and lots of sunshine hours. Something of an ‘Alpine’ style. Pretty, lifted and moreish.

Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Jul23
Alcohol : 13.3%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2023 – 2030

Pale lemon and lime tints in the glass. Lime cordial, cut pea shoots and talcum aromas. Has a weight and intensity that draws you in straight away with lime and papaya notes filling the palate.

Acidity is up to the challenge though and it flows long with a chalky mineral note lingering with a touch of sweetness as well.  94/100

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And if in the Barossa, please visit our Tasting Room @ The Eden Valley Hotel

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    Victorian Distribution

    If you are a Victorian restaurant or bottleshop who would like to stock Max & Me wines, please contact:

    The Collection Fine Wines

    William Wager +61 437 050 271

    South Australian Enquiries

    If you are a South Australian restaurant or bottleshop who would like to stock Max & Me wines, please contact:

    Winepro

    Glenn Malycha  +61 493 046 633