Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa, Shiraz, 2011, Australia

Drunk September 2013

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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. 

From vines over or approaching 100 years old, open-fermented with wild yeast, then spent 18 months in some new, mainly old, French oak barriques. Neither fined nor filtered. 

The wine

A great shiraz from the Barossa. Nose and palate have plenty of blackberry, plums, black cherries plus spice and tannin. Not over powered by alcohol, balanced fruit, tannin but a little acidic which may temper with ageing.