2017 Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz - 375ml

*Minimum six bottle wine purchase

Vineyard: Our Lionheart is so named after Barossa‘s lifelong champion of old vines, Carl Lindner’s Shiraz. This wine comes from ancient, gnarled vines; some approaching and many over a hundred years of age that not only survive but thrive on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet. 

Season: A late vintage compared to previous years. Cooler days and nights, which meant the flavours were more concentrated due to a longer ripening period.

Winemaking: Whole bunches of Shiraz were hand harvested, then gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into some new but predominantly older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, we bottled our Lionheart with minimal winemaking artefact, to capture without filtration or fining, to capture the essence and purity of Carl’s vines. Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart is ready to drink and will reward cellaring and decanting.

Appearance: Intense crimson with youthful purple hues.

Aroma/Bouquet: Lifted blue fruits, blood plum, ripe blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark chocolate.

Palate: 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.

Food Pairing: Perfectly matched with all richly flavoured foods, meats, stews, game or mature hard cheeses. Alluring on the palate, our Lionheart commands company with food and friends.

Alcohol:  14.5%

pH: 3.57

Acidity:  g/L

Residual Sugar:  g/L

Production:  dozen (750ml)

Cellar potential: 5+  years 

Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide

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