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Dandelion, Lions Tooth Of Mclaren Vale Shiraz/Riesling 2019 (1x75cl)

Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Grape Variety: Shiraz | Riesling
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.5%
Product Code: AUSO0164B19S
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Your price: £13.54

Wine of the Week on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages ( on 12th March 2021, when reviewed (along with others in the Dandelion range) by Richard Hemming. MW. See here for the full article.

Dandelion Vineyards is the venture of self-titled 'typist' Zar Brooks, his winemaking wife Elena and growers Carl Lindner and Brad Rey, with wines made from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Fleurieu and McLaren Vale. Nick Stock, one of Australia's leading journalists, has described Dandelion as follows: 'Brooks has teamed up with his winemaking wife Elena, a woman whose talents are outweighed only by her tolerance, in an exciting new venture called Dandelion Vineyards. The approach is remarkably simple and sees Elena making wine from a suite of beautiful old vineyards identified by Carl Lindner and Brad Rey across that blessed curve that runs from the Barossa, up through the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills and down into McLaren Vale.'

The word Dandelion, from Dente de Lion means 'Lion's Tooth'. From this vineyard, Elena co-ferments an almost forgotten but timeless blend of Shiraz and Riesling to enhance the wine's perfume and palate. They encourage the growth of dandelions in the vineyard as they suppress winter weeds and provide mulch in summer. Soils are sandy loam and Pirramimma sandstone.

Flavour-ripe Shiraz grapes were hand harvested in late February, then fermented on their stalks in open fermenters on top of some Eden Valley Riesling skins for 11 days. The grapes were hand plunged twice daily, before basket pressed into 15% new and old French oak barriques. After 18 months maturation in the same oak, the wine was bottled without filtration or fining.

This wine is a blend of 95% Syrah/Shiraz, 5% Riesling.

See also the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves

Dandelion Vineyards, Lion's Tooth of Mclaren Vale Shiraz/Riesling 2019 - fiche technique

Deep red in colour with hints of violet, the wine has aromas of rose petals, lifted red fruits and a hint of lime marmalade from the co-fermentation with the aromatic Eden Valley Riesling. Wild cherries, blueberries and balanced spicy oak make for an opulent palate, with velvety tannins and an intriguing finish.