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.
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.
The fruit came from Phil Lehmann’s Boongarrie vineyard, from vines planted over 20 years ago. Anyone would be ecstatic if they drank this as their house wine; Phil must’ve had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek when he decided on that name.
This unique Aussie blend of Cabernet and Shiraz has made many great wines over the years, from old Penfolds Bin 389 to Yalumba’s astonishing FDR1 1974. This is a big red but, like its Shiraz Sibling, hides its muscles (14.7%) under a smooth overcoat.
Small French oak barrels (20% new) probably added a touch of class, but the fruit from this vineyard is clearly outstanding, and I shouldn’t forget Phil’s experienced hand on the press – he’s made wine all over the world.
– by Campbell Mattinson –
http://www.winefront.com.au, Posted on 18 December 2018
Single vineyard shiraz from the Eden/Barossa. All French oak. Whole bunches.
The offering is complex; the appeal is simple. This serves a flood of cherry-berry fruit flavour, almost into plum jam territory, but mint, meat, licorice and dried herb notes give it both edge and breadth. I use the word flood with care: this comes with lashings of fruit. Tannin and oak have both melted straight into it; it pours the flavours on in delicious style.
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