Dandelion Vineyards, Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2017

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    South Australia

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    Barossa Valley

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  • Grape Blend:

    Shiraz/Syrah 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Elena Brooks

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Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This wine is intense crimson in colour, with a youthful purple hue. On the nose, it has lifted aromas of ripe blackberries, blueberries, spicy pepper notes and Christmas pudding-like spices. Generous, mouth-filling sweet blackberries, raspberries and plums are pronounced on the palate, with sweet spice. It has firm, but fine, tannins and dark chocolate nuances continue onto the lengthy palate.

Production Notes

Whole bunches were hand harvested, gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days. The cap was hand plunged twice a day before the fruit was carefully pressed off the skins using a basket press into a mix of new and previously filled French oak barrique to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, the wine was bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vines.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 89pts (2016) - The 2016 Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz is a ripe, full-bodied wine that's kept restrained by ample acids and a firm set of tannins. It still delivers classic Barossa generosity, but that generosity has a clearly defined palate shape, featuring a long, crisp finish. Mixed berry fruit folds in hints of mint and mocha to add savory interest.

Producer Profile

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. Australian critic Nick Stockhas 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 blessed curve that Nick refers to is at the heart of what Dandelion does. So successful have they been that Elena stunned the Barossa in 2014 by winning Winemaker of the Show at the Barossa Show. Her Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz is classic Barossa Shiraz, and remarkable value, while the Menagerie of the Barossa is an opulent Grenache dominant field blend. Moving up into the Eden Valley, the Red Queen was the wine for which Elena was crowned Winemaker of the Show, while the Wonderland Riesling, from a gnarled and venerable vineyard, is outstanding. The wines show the tremendous generosity and freshness that marks out this fine region. The Lioness complements the Lion, while the Lions Tooth is given a lot more vibrancy by the inclusion of Riesling in the blend. The Cabernet has lovely berry fruit, just to remind us how undervalued this variety is in Australia, before we move onto 30-year-old Legacy of Australia. This very old PX is quite a treat, like all the Dandelion wines.