David Franz 'Plane Turning Right', Barossa Valley, Australia 2013

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David Franz 'Plane Turning Right', Barossa Valley, Australia 2013


Ladies and gentlemen, please ensure that your tray table is securely stowed and your seat-back is in the upright position. Cabin crew cross-check, doors to automatic and prepare for take-off. It's not often that a red wine from the Barossa Valley can be said to be 'flighty', but there's a lifted, featherlight quality to the aromas of this Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend, which rise from the glass in a way that's atypical of the region. The palate is pure and glossy with bright damson, blueberry and fresh mint. Don’t be put off by the whimsical label, this is a serious New World red and it’s fantastic to see a winemaker from the Barossa Valley giving a voice to Petit Verdot and old-vine Merlot, not just the ubiquitous Shiraz. It’s wonderfully juicy, but look at the alcohol content. 13.5%! That’s a testament to the thick, ripe, flavour-packed grape skins (where all the flavour is), not excess sugar in the pulp (where all the potential alcohol is). It’s sleek and smooth in texture, richly satisfyingly, with layers of delectable complexity, yet with gravity-defying lightness and lift in its grace notes. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2023.

Press Reviews:

Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin):
"This is a bit of a walk on the wild side. Smells raw and bloody, peppadews and paprika, high toned and spicy. Complex and demanding, a wine that you almost forget to taste because there is so much to bury your nose in. Gloriously intense red fruit, apricots and cranberries and dried orange peel and tea leaves. Arching acidity pulls against fine-spun tannins, setting up an almost electric tension across the palate. Lots of pliant structure weaving through a complex web of flavours. Very exciting. A real maverick. Drink 2017-2025." 17 points

Jancis Robinson (Julia Harding): “Starts subtle and peppery and then opens up to more purple and violets. Velvet texture yet with so much freshness that the rich, deep fruit is lifted to harmony. Long floral finish. Lovely, distinctive wine. Drink now-2024.” 17 points

The Wine Advocate: “I continue to be impressed with the sprawling yet wonderfully creative line-up of wines produced by Peter Lehmann's son, David Lehmann, A.K.A. David Franz. This young, artistically inclined winemaking talent is one of a burgeoning group of winemakers challenging the preconceptions of the Barossa, while not forgetting his roots. I can't recommend these wines highly enough!”

Customer comments: 

"The Plane Turning Right is delicious!" - Mr. M.W.

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