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McLaren Vale

2020 Dandelion Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet Sauvignon

12 x 750ml
Hand-picked, open fermented, matured in French barriques (predominantly used, some new) for 18 months. A medium- to full-bodied exercise with cabernet, the tannins neatly controlled, but still able to proclaim its patrician upbringing, blackcurrant and bramble fruits to the fore. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
94 POINTS
James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion

Hand-picked, open fermented, matured in French barriques (predominantly used, some new) for 18 months. A medium- to full-bodied exercise with cabernet, the tannins neatly controlled, but still able to proclaim its patrician upbringing, blackcurrant and bramble fruits to the fore.

Expert Review
92 POINTS
Huon Hooke - The Real Review

Very deep, dark, saturated colour with a tinge of purple; concentrated blackberry essence to sniff, ripe and sweet and powerful. The wine is full-bodied and solidly tannic; a bold, brawling baby that needs time to settle down and promises a bright future. Stacks of flavour and tannin. Hearty food prescribed if it's broached young.

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Technical Attributes
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Tasting Notes

Dark-red to purple, bright and alive. Inviting. Traces of distant dark chocolate flirt around an expanding aroma of blackberry and freshly bottled Cassis. Spearmint. Folds of gentle menthol and Summer's early tomato foliage. Bay leaf and black pepper freshly milled. Older French Oak's bouquet is sewn into a hidden jacket pocket. Long and strong and upright with cabernets sauvignon's full sail on show. Sour blackberry and bright mulberry; textural and firm tannins that seem to cry out 'Scotch Fillet!'. More late night Officers' Mess than midday Parade Ground. Clean, clear and lingering acidity that speaks in unison with the innate tannins - 'Take me to your cellar....'

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Winemakers Note

Dandelion Vineyards is a unique fusion of vine and vigneron. Our wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of our heirloom vineyards with the finest traditions of artisan winemaking. Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time. Our wish is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express their terroir in our wines. Capturing variety, vintage and vineyard requires an enlightened approach and although our growers see the Devil in every weed, we encourage the humble Dandelion amongst the vines as they suppress winter weeds, provide mulch in the summer, and proffer their Wishing Clocks in spring to blow off to make our wish come true. This Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet was grown in the family’s pride and joy, overlooking the Finniss River wetlands, Tony Brooks and Prof. Barbara Santich’s dry grown Stranger’s Reach vineyard cooled by the Great Southern Ocean and Lake Alexandrina where low rainfall and deep alluvial soils encourage Cabernet to ‘populate or perish’.
 

Selected bunches were hand picked by family and friends in the last week of March and gently crushed into open top fermenters. After 8 days fermentation the wine was then basket pressed into some new but predominately older French Oak Barriques for 18 months maturation and then bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard and will reward cellaring and decanting. Vale Evelyn (gran) Phillips nee Walker vintage 1921-2010.

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