Dandelion Lion's Tooth Trophy Winning Shiraz with a Twist!!!!!. We offered the 2015 vintage of this wine earlier in the year and we have recently been offered the 2016 vintage. This wine is even better and a trophy winner as well. Be quick as we only have been able to get a small allocation of this wine.
A modern Australian Shiraz with a twist, and that twist is a splash of Riesling.
This is an ode to the famous Cote Rotie’s of the Northern Rhone in France, where a splash of the white grape variety Viognier is co fermented with Syrah (Shiraz). The result is richer and more fragrant wine which strangely also has a darker colour. At Dandelion in McLaren Vale they do not have any Viognier, but over the past years they have experimented with Riesling.
This is the type of red wine I just love. Rich, vibrant, full bodied, but all this power and flavour is wrapped in a fresh and elegant package, making it just a joy to drink. Think dark fruits with rich chocolate overtones, an opulent palate, velvety tannins and a mouth watering finish
Dandelion is a newish venture in the McLaren Vale with a lot of pedigree. Zar Brooks and his winemaking wife Elena, have partnered with long time growers Carl Lindner and Brad Rey. A mix made in heaven, or in this case, McLaren Vale
The Shiraz grapes were hand harvested in late February, then fermented on their stalks in open fermenters on top of some Eden Valley Riesling skins for 11 days. The grapes were hand plunged twice daily, before basket pressing into 15% new and older French oak barriques. After 18 months maturation in the same oak, the wine was bottled without filtration or fining.