David’s earliest memory of his winemaking journey was being told by his father (the great Peter Lehmann) that he must first understand the origins of great wine: the vineyard. So began his career, as a vineyard labourer. Since, David's learnt and honed his craft with the utmost respect for the sites and vines he tends. Dave does things a bit differently to many others in this region, and pushes the boundaries of technique and style. The results are truly original wines that carry his signature flare.
Deep burnt umber, golden edges, great clarity and brightness. The Nose has a huge upfront rancio redolent with lifted grapy brandy spirit. Golden toffee, complex old oak overlaying smoky sharp volatiles. Initial syrupy silky rich mouth feel is turned into a fiery delight of hot chilli like pepper fire and cleansing spirit. Like an XO cognac the angels dance of pure fire stipples the tongue with heady sweet oak that persists for around the same time that it takes to put the kids through college. The concentrated raisin sweetness fills and caresses the mouth before opening lotus like to layer upon layer of spicy complexity finishing with cigar box memories.
Full tawny, grading to light olive on the rim; this '11 blend and bottling has an average age of over 50 years, with a total production of 540 500 ml bottles; it is fantastically complex and intense, father Peter Lehmann having acquired the base wine for Old Redemption in 1966 when it was already extremely old. The art of blending is exemplified by this wine with 2% of '10 riesling added to (very effectively) freshen it up. The rancio is very, very obvious, giving the wine great cut and length; there are some notes of sherry which purists would shake their heads at, but there is no complaint from me. Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
A very old and very complex tawny, blended and refreshed every year, which shows in the superb vibrancy of this wine, which is allied to tremendous rancio complexity thanks to some very old blending material (the original base wine begun at Saltram in 1947 during Peter Lehmann's time there). The palate is marvellously rich and multi-dimensional. A great old tawny style. Date Tasted: Oct 2019; Price: $50; Rating: 99 Points; Huon Hooke
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