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

Plane Turning Right Merlot Petit Verdot.jpg
Plane Turning Right Merlot Petit Verdot.jpg

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

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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 light and airy, 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 old-vine Merlot and Petit Verdot, 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:

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!”
 

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