Dandelion Vineyards, Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Australia

  • Region:

    South Australia

  • Area:

    Fleurieu Peninsula

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Grape Blend:

    Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

  • Vegan:

    Y

  • Winemaker:

    Elena Brooks

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Dandelion Vineyards Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

An intense, regal purple with bright edges. Scented blueberries, cassis and anise aromas with sweet spice, cedar and blackberry notes. The palate is rich, deep and full-flavoured, with blueberry, black plums, figs and milk chocolate flavours. Tobacco, spearmint and soft powdery Cabernet tannins are softened by smooth, mouth-filling fruit before a really extended finish.

Production Notes

Selected bunches were hand picked by family and friends on 16th March and gently crushed into open top fermenters. After 14 days fermentation the wine was then basket pressed into some new but predominately older French Oak barriques for 18 months maturation and then bottled with minimal winemaking artifact, to capture the essence of the vineyard.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 91pts (2016) - Less herbal than the 2015, the 2016 Pride of the Fleurieu Peninsula Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a slightly warmer vintage and carries a half-degree more alcohol. Subtle thyme and sage notes add class to the cassis fruit, while this medium to full-bodied wine's fine-grained tannins provide support, and crisp acidity prolongs the elegant finish.

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.