David Franz Long Gully Road Ancient Vine 2018, Semillon, Barossa Valley, Australia
Another superb wine from David Franz, loved by the critics, and a great opportunity to sample and enjoy a first class Semillon. Enjoy now or allow to develop in the coming years.
Zesty, vibrant, crisp, ripe citrus flavours, smooth honeyed notes, wonderful textured mouthfeel and mouthwatering acidity. We agree with Decanter - tremendous.
Very limited availability for this low volume in-demand wine.
My expression of Semillon, as captured in the 2017 Long Gully Road Semillon is exactly how I like to drink it; picked at the critical point where ascendant ripeness meets natural acidity. The characters I strive to encapsulate are the lemons and dry summer grass over a background of delicious herbal notes. There’s always a slightly wild edge to my Semillon that keeps it real in the glass and alive in the mouth. The block I source the Semillon from is nestled safely in a fold of foothills that mark the start of the Eden Valley and the end of the Barossa Floor. The soil is a loose sandy loam over Angaston marble that gives this Semillon a pure water source all year round. The grapes were hand picked in the cool of the morning then basket pressed straight to tank. A long very cold 8 week ferment and partial malolactic followed by the wine resting for 10 months on the un-stirred yeast lees has ensured every nuance of flavour has been retained and a rich textural tapestry built. The final aim of all these processes is to present a wine that whilst it drinks beautifully as a youth, will really hit the sweet spot in another 5 or so years as a rich full and unctuous drop.
So all I can say is enjoy it now or perhaps in a year or six, but for the sake of your mouth, give a Semillon a go!!
Just 4,200 bottles produced.
Appearance: Very Bright straw with hints of pale apple green.
Nose: Honeyed Wax Lemon and golden summer grass over hints of rich yeast and aromatic dried herbs.
Palate: 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.
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What the critics say:
David Franz might be the son of Barossa legend Peter Lehmann, but his wines are very much his own - try his Grenache from 90 year old bush vines too. Long Gully Road, on loose, sandy loam over marble, might be the oldest Semillon vineyard in the world (129 years and counting), and has given this wine amazing purity, texture and concentration. Franz says the grapes are handpicked early at cool temperatures, then whole bunches are basket pressed before the wine spends six months on its lees. The balance of ripe citrus fruit and mouthwatering acidity is perfect, supported by lipsmacking texture and wild grassy tones. Just 3,180 bottles were made this vintage, and most are on allocation – but if you can find one, snap it up! 93 points. (2015 vintage). Tasted by Tina Gellie (at Victoria House, London, 23 Jan 2018) for Decanter.
Drinking Window 2018 - 2028
Ancient vines and shrewd winemaking give a subtle brooding style that’s unfurls on the palate with vibrant, spicy, limey intensity. Tremendous. (2015 vintage) Decanter, Peter Richards MW - ‘30 Great New World Buys Under £30’ - 92 points. January
Drinking Window 2018 - 2027