Dandelion Vineyards `Lioness of McLaren Vale` Shiraz 2013 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

Dandelion 'Lioness of McLaren Vale' Shiraz 2013 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

Deep purple with hints of violet on the edges, indicating youth. Impressive purity of fruit showing lush scents of summer pudding with lifted red fruit, berries and a hint of cinnamon. Black cherries, damsons, mulberries and milk chocolate undertones. Generous mouth filling blackberry, raspberry and plum flavours cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice.

Bottle Size: 75cl
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Grape Variety: Syrah/Shiraz
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Product Code: AUSO0621B13S
£14.65
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