David Franz NV Old Redemption Old Tawny

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
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. (97) JAMES HALLIDAY