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About Max & Me

Max & Me is an Eden Valley winery making Shiraz, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and olive oil from Boongarrie Estate in the Central-East of the Barossa Ranges near the town of Eden Valley. Max & Me wines and olive oil are hand-made by the husband and wife partnership of Phil & Sarah Lehmann.

We invite you to experience the fragrant beauty of Max & Me Eden Valley Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet from Barossa’s high country with skilfully-crafted wines, honest of the region, site, variety and vintage.

Our winemaking decisions draw upon Phil’s formative years growing up around Peter Lehmann Wines in the Barossa Valley, then further shaped by overseas winemaking experience in the Napa Valley, Burgundy and Stellenbosch. Style and technique were then further honed during winemaking stretches at Yalumba, Peter Lehmann Wines, Teusner, Parker, Vickery and Mountadam. Sarah is particularly instrumental in the ‘tread-softly’ aspects of the land management, and in focussing Max & Me’s wine styles for fragrance and grace rather than overt power and bombast.

“The selection of Eden Valley as home reflects our shared love for the beautiful, rugged and soulful vista, and especially the striking and poignant shiraz, cab and blends and riesling the region regularly achieves. “We want to move carefully with everything we make, and not add anything unneccessary to our wines. All of our reds, our ’20 & ’21 Riesling and our olive oil are vegan friendly”.

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Boongarrie Vineyard and Winemaking

Phil and Sarah’s property in the Eden Valley, in the Barossa Ranges is named Boongarrie Estate. The landscape in these surrounds is hilly and studded with gigantic ancient redgums and rocky outcrops. Elevation is 460m above sea-level, the altitude moderating the summer heat and allowing cool air flows during the nights. These are key elements to the beauty and fragrance of the regions famous wine varieties, particularly Shiraz, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.

On choice little sites within Boongarrie, a total of 10 hectares is planted to vineyard (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon est. 1998, and Riesling, Grenache and Gamay est. 2021 on an east-facing site). Additionally there is a 4 hectare Olive grove planted to Manzanilla Cacereña, Penduleno and Kalamata (est 2004).

Their philosophy for managing the property is to look after the soils by encouraging vineyard grass diversity, mulching clippings to build soil carbon and avoid any use of weedkillers or pesticides. Working with a very tight water budget is key and this is helped with the use of straw mulch in the undervine strip. The light fungal pressures are kept in check with the traditional sulphur and copper fungicides, applied sparingly.

The harvest decision pivots on picking the grapes on their ascendency to full ripeness, rather than leaving the Shiraz or Cabernet for extended hang-time. In Max & Me winery the winemaking uses traditional small open-fermenters for the reds, with elevage in old and some new French oak 300 litre hogsheads and 500 litre puncheons. Riesling is cool fermented in stainless steel, and bottled after a few months lees-contact post fermentation.

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Reviews

– by Nick Butler –
https://www.therealreview.com, Mar 02, 2020
Max & Me | 2018 Boongarrie Vineyard The House Blend | RRP $40

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)

          95/100 points
          drink 2020–2028
          AUD $40
– by James Halliday –
The Weekend Australian, Feb 22, 2020
Max & Me | 2017 Boongarrie Vineyard Shiraz | RRP $60

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.

220 dozen. 14.6% alc, screwcap
97 points,
drink to 2037, $60

– by James Halliday –
The Weekend Australian, Feb 22, 2020
Max & Me | 2018 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon | RRP $50

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.

190 dozen. 14.3% alc, screwcap
96 points,
drink to 2040, $50

– by Huon Hooke –
The Real Review, Sep 10, 2020
Max & Me | 2020 Mirooloo Road Riesling | RRP $30

Fresh yeasty and intense nettle aromas, a tickle of acetate, the palate intense and focused, fine and long. Properly dry finish. It’s quite undeveloped and restrained, and appears to have a big future.

Very intense, almost rich palate. An outstanding young riesling. Big potential.
95 points,
drink 2021-2032, $30

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And if in the Barossa, please visit our Tasting Room @ the Eden Valley Hotel, open 7 days, 12-5pm