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Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz

2014

In a Nutshell

Generous and warming Barossa Shiraz.

Tasting Notes

Intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Lifted blue fruits of blood plum and ripe blackberries along with Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass as well as spicy pepper and hints of bramble and dark chocolate. Generous mouth-filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish.

Production Notes

Whole bunches were gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight 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.

Grape Blend

100%

Shiraz

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz

Detailed Information

Type

Red

Country

Australia

Region

Barossa Valley

Vintage

2014

Size

0.75L

ABV

14.5%

Grape

Shiraz

Closure

Screwcap

£13.00

Press Quotes & Awards

Rich, baked fruit with milk chocolate and black olive adding complexity. This is big, brassy Shiraz with added complexity. Lovely fragrance and lift on the finish. A class act. 17 Points

Richard Hemming MW, “Benchmarking Shiraz and Syrah from Australia”, JancisRobinson.com, 28 October 2016

From Zar Brooks and his winemaker wife, Elena Brooks, this shows a beguiling fresh and spicy fragrance almost in Northern Rhône vein, while the opulent dark berry fruit flavours are distinctively warm climate Barossa but behind the rich and grippy, palate-coating chocolate and berry fruit, there's a cooler echo of spice and pepper too. 90 points

The Wine Gang, 6th October 2016

Gold Medal

International Wine Challenge 2016

Expansive aromas of blackcurrant, cherry compote, mocha and liquorice, with smoke and floral nuances building in the glass. At once deeply concentrated and energetic on the palate, offering very good clarity and spicy lift to its juicy black and blue fruit flavours. Finishes smooth, sweet and quite long, with a hint of bitter chocolate and supple framing tannins. 90 Points.

Josh Raynolds, “Australia regains its mojo”, vinous.com, 4 March 2016

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