About Max & Me

Max & Me wine and olive oil, by Phil and Sarah Lehmann, was born from chance meeting between Sarah, a ballet dancer, and Max, Phil’s dog, during a 2003 performance in the Barossa. The encounter was fortuitous and the trio were soon inseparable. Phil & Sarah’s creative philosophies have coincided to produce small batch wines and olive oil, with a terroir-based philosophy centred on their beautiful Eden Valley Property, Boongarrie Estate.
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Boongarrie Estate & its Vineyard

Boongarrie Estate is Phil and Sarah’s property in the Eden Valley, in the Barossa Ranges. The sedimentary soils are thin and underlain with rose quartz and siltstone. 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 (half Shiraz and half Cabernet Sauvignon est. 1998), and a 4 hectare Olive grove planted to Manzanilla Cacereña, Penduleno and Kalamata (est 2004). 
The philosophy for managing the land is to look after the soils and use minimal chemical inputs; biodiversity in midrow grass and weed populations is encouraged and pest and disease pressures are minimal. Sheep and cattle graze the vineyard grasses during winter, and European species of dung-beetles have been introduced to recycle the animal manure as fertiliser, improving the fertility, water retention and structure.
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News & Reviews

Wine Review

– by Huon Hooke –
https://www.therealreview.com/wines/244373/, Mar 5, 2019
Max & Me | 2017 Boongarrie Vineyard The House Blend | RRP $40

Deep red/purple colour, the aromas are crushed-leafy, with a basket of fragrant herb aromas including a hint of mint. The wine is intense and bright, full-bodied and firm, with balance and elegance, and a lingering finish. A very smart wine.

The tannins are neatly sculpted and fine-grained. Lovely.
2019–2034
93/100

Wine Review

– by Steve Leszczynski –
http://www.qwinereviews.com/2019/03/max-and-me-syrah-2017, Mar 20, 2019
Max & Me | 2017 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz | RRP $60

Phil Lehmann doesn’t know how to make a bad wine. Quality is always plated up – here we go again.
A beautiful wine in every way. It just slides through with silky finesse. An engaging start only improved furthermore over a couple of days of tasting. Spiced blackberries, mulberries, splashes of cola, some earth and touches of meat and smoke all mesh together seamlessly.

Dark chocolate finds it voice late closing with cocoa tannins. A bottomless glass would seem the ideal scenario.
Drink now with a good decant to eight years.

95/100

Wine Review

– by Kim Brebach –
Wine Sleuth & Rieslingfreak, http://bestwinesunder20.com.au/, Mar 14, 2019
Max & Me | 2017 Boongarrie Vineyard The House Blend | RRP $40

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.
Great red!
96 points

Wine Review

– by Huon Hooke –
https://www.therealreview.com/wines/244374/, 5th March 2019
Max & Me | 2017 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon | RRP $50

Deep red/purple colour. The aromas are spicy and berry-like, with lots of black plum and blackberry flavours, and it’s very full-bodied and robust, with massed tannins which are supple and powdery. It fills the mouth and lasts long on the farewell.

A very good wine – if not especially cabbish.
2020–2036
92/100

Wine Review

– by Steve Leszczynski –
http://www.qwinereviews.com/2019/03/max-me-house-blend-2017, Mar 10, 2019
Max & Me | 2017 Boongarrie Vineyard The House Blend | RRP $40

A finger-licking blend from the Eden Valley. Swirl it around to give it a breath of air and it sings a rhythmic tune.
A melody of aromas diffuse eagerly from the glass. Purple flowers, rosella, dark cherries, blackberries, choc mint pattie, dried sage and brown spices. So good! There’s a noticeable fluency to the wine – it just feels good and moves at ease. There’s good density about it, too, and you can be assured you aren’t bogged down.

Bitter chocolate tannins coat the palate and sit long almost refusing to move. One to behold.
Drink now to ten years+

93/100

Wine Review

– by Campbell Mattinson –
http://www.winefront.com.au, Posted on 18 December 2018
Max & Me | 2017 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Syrah | RRP $50

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.

Rated : 93 Points
Alcohol : 14.3%
Tasted : dec18
Price : $50
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 – 2026+

Wine Review: ‘Riesling turns on the power’

– by Tony Love –
SA Weekend pp. 29, The Adelaide Advertiser, 15-16 September 2018
Max & Me | 2018  Mirooloo Road Eden Valley Riesling | RRP $30

RIESLING is one very fluid grape. We know it here mostly in its guise as a fresh and crisp dry white wine, zinging with its natural fruit acidity that’s key to the variety’s tingling line and length, vital in many wines’ pithy and taut mouthfeel.
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Further winemaking with this noble grape goes beyond the usual practices, which usually employs the freshest first juices released after gentle crushing or pressing. Now we are seeing more wines with skin contact, or the use of juice pressed off the skins to provide more fullness in texture from chemical compounds known as phenolics.
Phil and Sarah Lehmannhave done this superbly in their Max and Me 2018 Riesling ($30) from the Eden Valley, and while the bottle label refers to the site as an important influencer in this wine, their stylistic approach makes the major statement.

It’s a riesling with what winemakers call “texture”, slightly more unctuous in mouthfeel, its varietal lime notes creamier, yet in the finish still deftly supported with deliciously toned acidity.
“It’s undoubtedly a powerfully flavoured wine,” Phil says.
It’s a riesling that drinks with more medium weight sensibilities, ready now as well as for a few more years development and maturity.
In this wine, Phil echoes his mentor, riesling master John Vickery, who has always queried the point of making riesling that takes years to fully open and grow all its flavour when you can let it ripen up a little more on the vine, treat it carefully and it will be brimming with flavour from the start.
Try this Max and Me 2018 Riesling and you’ll get the idea.

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