David Franz, Plane Turning Right, 75cl

 

Son of Australian winemaking legend Peter Lehmann, David manages 75 acres of the family’s vineyards in the Barossa and Eden valleys, which are home to some incredibly old vines: more than 130-years-old in the case of his iconic Long Gully Road Semillon. David’s winemaking is wild and minimalist. He has full licence to restrict yields and strive for quality, hence why he claims, “pruning is where the journey starts, not just when the grapes are picked and arrive at the winery.”

Vermilion lips promises of kisses to follow. Initially the waft of an exotic well coiffed lady of mystery seductively catches the edge of your nose before her jealous beau dressed in tweed looms out of the bramble patch carefully packing a cherry wood pipe with three nuns Tobacco giving a warning glance. The stick is pushed forward and a heady dive into a whirlpool of gauzy silken scarves, coy glances and promises of heaven while the steady Rhumba of a well rounded dancer leads you ever further from the safety of your friends. You turn to look back but the purple haze obscures your vision and cherry wood sticks softly tap on your thighs; warnings of discipline to come. Before the night draws to a close.



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