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David Franz Long Gully Road Semillon 2018

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    Winemaker Notes

    Very bright straw with hints of pale apple green. Honeyed wax lemon and golden summer grass over hints of rich yeast and aromatic dried herbs. Zesty lemon curd pie with a smooth honeyed finish. Balanced fruit and textural mouth weight fill the mouth with the light delicate combination of pure varietals, herbal leaves and yeast complexity. The super light and clean palate lingers on beautifully leaving the mouth ready for the next sip.

    Madeira cloned Semillon vines planted in 1885, dry grown from light sandy loam soil over marble and limestone. Handpicked in February, after consistently mild temperatures, spread out rains, and cool nights. Wild yeast fermented, then basket pressed with free run juice fermenting in stainless steel cold over 5 weeks, and pressings in 4-year old oak. Malolactic fermentation on pressings only, aging for 12 months.

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    David Franz Lehmann was brought up surrounded by, in fact immersed in a household totally focused on wine. Having the late great legend Peter Lehmann and his wife Margaret as parents saw to this. However, way back when, David was determined to do his own thing and this meant anything but the family business, and he took a very circuitous path around the world before establishing his eponymous winery. The thoroughly unique wine labels stem from an incomplete university degree in graphic design. Dave’s first vintage was with St. Hallett under the watch of Peter Gambetta (now senior winemaker at Yalumba). Thereafter, he lined up a vintage in the South African wine region of Paarl, just north of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. When he returned to his beloved homeland of Barossa in 1998, David squeezed in a little bit of his own winemaking for the first time with his brother, and the first David Franz wines were born. According to Dave, the ’98’s are “absolutely awesome” wines and set the production template, the basics of which are still unchanged today. After the ’98 vintage he went to work full time as a vineyard hand for his father. (His mum and dad reckoned that he needed to start at the bottom). He spent much time in the vineyards at the grass roots level, absorbing the rhythms and learning the vines. In 2000, David managed to convince his dad to back him for a more serious vintage. He used the facilities at Peter Lehmann Wines to make his own reds, simultaneously working on the PLW vintage. Until 2003, he worked his dad’s vineyards and made his own wines at PLW. However in the years following, he’s managed to set up his own shop with a little help – as David says, “hey Dad, can I borrow some dosh?” – and launched with Shiraz and Cabernet. He now makes a veritable cornucopia of wines since those humble ‘shed built’ beginnings…. Nine or so years ago he made it a little personal mission to try something new every year, and so each year he has made a little more in both quantity and in variety.
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    The Barossa Zone encompasses the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here.

    Barossa Valley of course is the most important and famous wine growing region in all of Australia where 140+ year-old, dry-farmed Shiraz vines still produce inky, purple and dense juice for some of Australia's best wines.

    In the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to famous Shiraz vines from the 1800s but the region produces also some of Australia’s very best and age-worthy Rieslings.

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    Sémillon has the power to create wines with considerable structure, depth and length that will improve for several decades. It is the perfect partner to the vivdly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Sémillon especially shines in the Bordeaux region of Sauternes, which produces some of the world’s greatest sweet wines. Somm Secret—Sémillon was so common in South Africa in the 1820s, covering 93% of the country’s vineyard area, it was simply referred to as Wyndruif, or “wine grape.”

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