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Dandelion Vineyards Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, McLaren Vale, Australia

Drunk June 2012

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The winery 

Dandelion Vineyards is a  partnership between Peggy and Carl Lindner (40%), Elena and Zar Brooks (40%), and Fiona and Brad Rey (20%). It brings together vineyards spread across the Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Fleurieu Peninsula. 

Grapes for the `Pride of the Fleurieu` Cabernet Sauvignon are from a prime position overlooking the Finniss River wetland. Stranger‘s Reach vineyard is cooled by the maritime influence of the Great Southern Ocean and nearby Lake Alexandrina. Deep alluvial soils and low rainfall help the tough Cabernet vines produce rich flavours in the berries.

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The wine

16 months in French and Bulgarian oak barrels give this Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon plenty of depth. The nose is conentrated blueberry and plums, the palate is not overpowered and mighty smooth with blackberry, vanilla and hints of spice. A long and delicious finish.

This one really goes well with red meat and the flavours just wash over you as you eat. Together with the Dandelion Riesling these guys really know what they're doing.