2017 Dandelion Lionheart of Barossa Shiraz

2017 Dandelion Lionheart of Barossa Shiraz

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With no less than 6 gold medals, a platinum medals and 2 trophies, this is a real high achiever.

It's a powerful, Barossan red with chunky fruit, no shortage of power and luscious oak. No shrinking violet, the emphasis here is on flavour and it ticks so many boxes, in true Dandelion fashion.

Elena Brooks has a knock for delivering rich flavours at more than affordable prices. And right here at The Wine Collective, they're even more affordable!

Expert Reviews

95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionHand-picked, crushed to open fermenters, 8 days on skins, matured for 18 months in mainly used French oak. High quality Barossa fruit, part grown by famous vignerons, floods the mouth, and the cool vintage has preserved the elegance and juicy highlights of the fruit. Oak has made a perfunctory contribution to a lovely wine.

Tech stuff

Shiraz
Dandelion Vineyards
Barossa Valley
2017
750ml
14.5%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap

Light

Full

How's it taste?

Deeply and darkly yet vibrantly and brightly. There’s the hint of minimal filtering in the wine’s solution but otherwise this alluring red is the faultless hue of some kind of mad hero’s hedonism. Concrete and freshly shot game; the dark, dark chocolate that is unmistakably Barossa shiraz; and then as you smell the wine again and again come the deft combinations of fruit aromatics and very sparing oak bouquet: nutmeg, earthiness, white pepper freshly milled, cinnamon. Here we find depth and work - there’s a moreish chewiness about this red wine that puts you straight into the Barossa. Yet there’s deftness about the wine’s giving weight, indeed, a certain lightness and ease runs through the middle to back palate, as if the wine is a cheerful butcher’s apprentice wearing ballet slippers. It is earthy and textural; the dry, powdery tannins that glide in at the mid palate assuage any fear of the dreaded fruit-bomb effect. And then the after palate is a neat composition of fruit sweetness and savouriness, bringing a natural balance.

How was it made?

The Lionheart of Dandelion Vineyards is our old vine Barossa vineyard. These ancient, gnarled vines, many over a hundred years of age, are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.

In the last week of April whole bunches of Shiraz were hand harvested, then gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into some new but predominantly older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, we bottled our Lionheart without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard. Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart is ready to drink and will reward cellaring and decanting.

Who made it?

Dandelion Vineyards defies normal description, it is perhaps Australia's most quixotic fusion of vineyard and vigneron. Every bottle signs off with - Wish you were here... Every wine is sourced from a single site. Founder, owner, winemaker - Elena Brooks - is a polymath and perfectionist on a lifelong vinous treasure hunt, following the inspiration of the Dandelion Flower's Wishing Clock. Vineyards = Family. Wines = Children. Serious stuff. Proper fun, absolutely.

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