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
Dandelion Vineyards is the venture of self-titled 'typist' Zar Brooks, his winemaking wife Elena and growers Carl Lindner and Brad Rey, with wines made from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Fleurieu and McLaren Vale. Nick Stock, one of Australia's leading journalists, has described Dandelion as follows: 'Brooks has teamed up with his winemaking wife Elena, a woman whose talents are outweighed only by her tolerance, in an exciting new venture called Dandelion Vineyards. The approach is remarkably simple and sees Elena making wine from a suite of beautiful old vineyards identified by Carl Lindner and Brad Rey across that blessed curve that runs from the Barossa, up through the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills and down into McLaren Vale.'
Grapes are from an old vineyard in the Barossa with vines over a hundred years old, many on original rootstock. Throughout their vineyards they encourage the humble dandelion amongst the vines as they suppress winter weeds and provide mulch in summer.
Whole bunches were gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for 12 days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into new (25%) and older French oak barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, the wine was bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vines.
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.