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Evolving On Tradition

– by Dave Brookes –
The Adelaide Review, Food & Drink, March 2017 pp.50
Max & Me | 2015 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz | RRP $60

This little beauty is the work of Phil and Sarah Lehmann from their own property in the Central Range of the Eden Valley. Phil, the youngest son of Margaret and Peter Lehmann, obviously has wine in his veins and a deep connection to the Barossa. This particular wine from Phil and Sarah’s lovely property between Keyneton and the Eden Valley township is just a beautiful, pure expression of how good Eden Valley Shiraz can be.

Phil says he’s coined the term “Central Range” for the area because “we are the middle range of hills in the Eden Valley. You won’t find that term in no fancy book though!” The vineyard is farmed uncertified organic and the 2015 vintage was incredibly low yielding coming in at 0.3t/ac. The wine is fermented in in picking bins and held on skins for 12 days before aging on light lees in a mix of old and new French oak hogsheads and puncheons.

Bright red/purple in the glass, the aromas show gorgeous purity with a vibrant, perfumed aspect which draws you into the glass. Plum, blueberry, blackberry and the higher tones of mulberry and cranberry all come into focus. There are hints of spice, licorice, earth, jasmine, hoi sin and beautifully judged vanillin French oak. While the aromatic profile is enchanting, it is in the mouth that the wine impresses most, with a bright, floral-flecked fruit entry, great clarity and detail, enviable fruit purity and a bright, mineral drive across the palate.There is a spacious feel to the wine’s shape but the underlying fruit is gorgeously ripe and opulent, never feeling heavy or laboured on the palate, brisk and pulsating with energy. The finish lingers persistently with dark fruit flavours, jasmine, spice and ripe, fine tannin with bright acidity. An exciting new wine.

~ Dave Brookes

Wine Review

– by Campbell Mattinson –, Posted on 30 October 2017
Max & Me | 2015 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Eden Valley cabernet sauvignon. It sees 18 months in French oak hogsheads and barriques. From a low-crop year: this cabernet was cropped at 1.3 tonne/hectare.
Essence of cabernet. Violets, sage, blackcurrant, a general dustiness, plenty of fruit and plenty of tannin. Gum leaf. Some alcohol warmth. Beautiful integration of oak. A smoky, hay-like character. Lovely stuff.

Rated : 92 Points
Alcohol : 14.6%
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 – 2030+

Wine Review

– by Campbell Mattinson –, Posted on 30 October 2017
Max & Me | 2017  Mirooloo Road Eden Valley Riesling | RRP$30

New or newish range of wines from Phil and Sarah Lehmann out of the Eden Valley.
Pale colour but with a lovely tinge of green. It’s all just golden, in quality terms, from there. Lemon and lime with spots of kaffir leaf and spice. It’s expressive and flavoursome but it crackles and soars out through the finish. A perfect young riesling. Succulent-but-well-honed flavour. Incredibly enjoyable right now, but with a future.

Rated : 93+ Points
Alcohol : 12.5%
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 – 2027+

Wine Review

– by Campbell Mattinson –, Posted on 30 October 2017
Max & Me | 2015 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz

Single vineyard shiraz from the Eden/Barossa. All French oak.
Yes. It’s in an excellent place. Well fruited, well balanced, well styled. Blueberry and plum, graphite and mocha, liquorice. Some gum leaf lift. An array of spices. To smell, to taste, to savour: its has it all covered. Tannin is in the fine print. Just gorgeous.

Rated : 94 Points
Alcohol : 14.4%
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 – 2028+

Wine Review

– by Nick Bullied MW –
Gourmet Traveller WINE June July 2018
Max & Me | 2015 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz

2015 Max & Me Boongarrie Vineyard Estate Grown (A$60) gets the sweet/savoury combination just right, with red fruits, spices, a touch of dried herbs and nicely handled oak. The palate is elegantly structured and has lovely length. “Refined red and black fruits with a touch of liquorice,” [Toni] Paterson found.

“The palate is beautifully savoury and restrained. A youthful and primary wine with impressive concentration and layers of fine tannin. Excellent cellaring potential.” Here’s another outstanding wine from the hand of 2017 Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year finalist Phil Lehmann

★★★★ 93

Wine Review

– by Toni Paterson MW –, Aug 18, 2018
Max & Me | 2016 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz | RRP $60

From the Boongarrie Vineyard in the cool Eden Valley comes this succulent, plush shiraz. The fruit is in the dark sphere with fleshy cherries, blackberries and a touch of red rose.

It is weighty and flavoursome, yet gentle and soft. 09 Aug 2018


Wine Review: Max & Me’s ‘seriously lovely’ Syrah

– by Dave Brookes –
The Adelaide Review,, Sep 3, 2018
Max & Me | 2017 Boongarrie Vineyard Eden Valley Syrah | RRP $50

Syrah vs Shiraz. In Australia, the nomenclature often sheds light on a winemaker’s desire to indicate something different is going on with a particular wine.
For wines that are bottled under the banner ‘Syrah’, there is a pretty good chance that the wine is likely to lean towards a more savoury, European-style rendition of the grape variety rather than the fruit-forward, dense, opulent red wines that we have a reputation for being rather good at.
In this particular case, Eden Valley winemaker Phil Lehmann does indeed treat his Syrah a little differently than the Shiraz that also hails from his Boongarrie vineyard. For starters, it is harvested a little earlier and there is a significant whole bunch component (30 per cent) in the small ferments.

We’ve chatted about whole bunches in ferments before, yeah? When done well, and in vintages when the prevailing conditions are conducive to their use, they seem to open a wine up and let a little more light shine on the fruit. A little more clarity and detail along with notes of spice and a distinct mineral line on the palate.
And here they are spot on, with a gorgeous vibrant colour and stunning aromatic profile providing an immediate insight in the glass. The fruit purity is off the charts. Cherry and plummy fruits abound, flecked with violets and spice, the wine is perfectly poised on the palate with great tension and a supple, slinky mouthfeel.
It is a seriously lovely wine, good to tuck away over the medium-term but reality would suggest it is probably too drinkable for that.

MAX & ME 2017 Boongarrie Vineyard Syrah