And no — it’s not picked by naked maidens under a blue moon. It’s not even foot-stomped by unicorns. And it’s certainly not some unpronounceable grape variety imported from Outer Mongolia.
In fact it is made from an astounding 108 different grape varieties, grown in the Barossa Valley and mashed together into an extraordinary rose blend that defies all winemaking conventions.
The man behind this crazy feat is David Franz Lehmann, son of the late Barossa legend Peter and wife Margaret Lehmann, and the winemaker behind eponymous artisan label David Franz Wines.
His just released David Franz Red Rose from the 2015 vintage is the end result of a winemaking dream come true in which he imagined making a wine form more than 100 varieties.
David calls it “epic”. Others might suggest it’s an act of creative madness.
When it comes to wine styles, it’s in a category of its own, he says.
“It’s definitely where my artisanal soul and experimental curiosity come together in a bottle,” David says.
The saga began more than a decade ago when he developed a working model for a multi-varietal, field blend of nine to 10 varieties from his own patch of western Barossa vines.
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