2017 Dandelion Vineyards Damsel of the Barossa Merlot

2017 Dandelion Vineyards Damsel of the Barossa Merlot

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91 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionIt is a substantial merlot, not far short of full-bodied, and reined in by firm, although not aggressive, tannins. It's a serious wine, and casual merlot drinkers used to lighter-bodied, slightly sweet, versions may balk at this.

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Merlot
Dandelion Vineyards
Barossa Valley
2017
750ml
14.5%
Cellar to 2023
Screw Cap

Light

Full

How's it taste?

Intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Lifted, elegant notes of blue fruits, blood and of course damson plums with a dash of Christmas pudding-like spice. All accented by hints of bramble and dark chocolate. Lush, mouth filling sweet blackberry and plums elegantly cover the palate with nuances of sweet spice. Silky, fine tannins and dark chocolaty notes tickle throughout the lengthy palate with youthful and pretty finish.

How was it made?

Dandelion Vineyards Damsel of the Barossa is a single vineyard wine from Carl Lindner’s Lohner Vineyard in the Lyndoch sub-region, in the cooler, wetter southern end of the Barossa, perfect for Merlot.
The Lohner Vineyard was planted 35 years ago and is a pioneering vineyard for the variety. In March they hand harvested whole bunches of flavour ripe Merlot to be gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into older French and American Oak Barriques to finish fermentation.

After 10 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, the wine was bottled without filtration or fining to capture the essence of the vineyard and although ready to drink this Damsel 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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