Max & Me is small-batch wines and olive oil, concentrated on Phil and Sarah Lehmann’s rugged and beautiful Eden Valley Property, Boongarrie Estate, in the Central-East of the Barossa Ranges.
Boongarrie Estate & its Vineyard
Boongarrie Estate is Phil and Sarah’s property in the Eden Valley, in the Barossa Ranges. The landscape is undulating and studded with ancient redgums and rocky outcrops. At 460m above sea-level, the elevation tempers the summer days and provides cool air flow during the nights, ideal for nuanced and mineral flavours in the wines.
On suitable sites within the property, 10 hectares is planted to vineyard (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon est. 1998), and a 4 hectare Olive grove planted to Manzanilla Cacereña, Penduleno and Kalamata (est 2004).
Philosophy for managing the land is to look after the soils, and avoid chemical inputs where possible. Winemaking utilises traditional open-fermenters for the reds, with elevage in new and old French oak 300 and 500 litre barrels. Riesling is cool fermented in stainless steel, and bottled after a few months lees contact post fermentation.
Deep purple colour, young and lithe. An exotic berry mix of raspberries and blueberries, intense and ripe. Oak is measured and sits comfortably alongside dried herbs and red licorice. It’s a lovely blend, richly berry fruited, tannins and acidity support the primary fruit. Very good (02 Mar 2020)
Selectiv’-harvested at night, open-fermented, maceration pigeage, nine days on skins, maturation in French oak (30% new) for 18 months. A shiraz of great quality and style, with the dark berry fruits, tannins and oak in perfect harmony.
Selectiv’-harvested, primary fermentation in open grape receival bins, 65% taken to tank for 35 days on skins, 35% kept on skins, maturation in French hogsheads for 17 months. Bright crimson; fresh, juicy cassis flavours all point to careful control of pH.
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