About david Franz
When I finally came home to the Barossa, the desire to make wine was burning bright. Peter (my father) in his wisdom set me to work as a labourer in our vineyards. As he put it, "first you have to understand where wine is really made”.
Through experience and great mentors, my knowledge and passion for our vines has grown. I now manage the family’s Stelzer and Stonewell Hill vineyards (around 75 acres). Carte blanche in the vineyards has allowed for a focus on producing fruit of the highest quality, without compromising for the sake of yields. In real terms it means that I produce my wines from the vine to the bottle. Pruning is where the journey starts, not just when the grapes are picked and arrive at the winery.
As you may have gathered, I am very passionate about the fruit I produce and wines I make. You can savour my wines in the knowledge that they have been nurtured first for a year on the vines then crafted for a few months in the winery before 4 years maturation in wood and the bottle. Each bottle of wine is carefully hand printed and wrapped before being placed in a hand printed carton then sent out into the wide world to find their way to you.
david Franz Lehmann
Eden Valley Reisling 2018
If there was ever (in my book) a true king of the whites, it is Eden Valley Riesling! Riesling is one of the physically toughest varieties on the planet, yet it is capable of producing some of the most subtle wines you will ever come across. You only need look at the thin layer of loam, coating the underlying granite of the Eden hills and the way the vines thrive to see my point. The are bloody Tough! All that aside, the true worth of the variety is as it should be, in the drinking. The 2018 Eden Valley Riesling fits the bill here to excess. It won’t ever see the show circuit but rather is destined to spend its life making meals and lazy afternoons a much better place to be.
Colour:Very Bright light new straw with hints of pale lime green.
Nose:Ripe and seductive Limes supported by lifted perfume of lemon thyme jasmine and dry summer grasses with hints of juniper and aromatic dried herbs
Palate:Firm crisp and full bodied for a Riesling with beautiful balancing acid that gently grips the cheeks. Combination of assertive lime over lemon sorbet melded with barely ripe white peach are counterpointed against hints of dried herbal leaves and yeast complexity. The clean delicious palate lingers on beautifully leaving the mouth eager for the next sip.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015