Barossa Valley Shiraz
Vineyard: Situated in central Barossa Valley, just west of Tanunda, these ancient vines have been hand nurtured by only a few people and lovingly restored by Peter and Melissa Raymond. The original vines were Pedro Ximenez and hand grafted to Shiraz. Non- irrigated bush vines, later became trellised vines to support the old and delicate structure. Still to this day, produces a minute Shiraz crop. It was sheer passion and a new friendship with Jenny and Laymons Kolovs, in 2000 when Peter requested to restore the old vines under a canopy of olive trees. "Mad and insane", the Barossa locals would say..... but it is a story to be told over a glass or two. For now, nearly two decades later, a new wine is released from this exceptional, old vine and iconic site.
Season: The season began with good winter rain and followed by an average spring. The soil profile was wet and budburst/the growing season was off to a good start. With December came warm summer days and the dry conditions permitting minimal disease pressure and strong canopy structures. The heat of the day continued into the evenings, not typical for the season but delivered richly coloured, highly concentrated Shiraz fruit. Overall an excellent vintage and one that will be regarded as a favourite.
Wine making: Hand-picked Shiraz was de-stemmed and fermented as whole berries, hand plunged several times daily and left on skins for 14 days, gently basket pressed then transferred to new French Troncais oak for 26 months.
Appearance: Deep, dark rich red.
Aroma/Bouquet: Highly aromatic with obvious mocha, dark chocolate woven through fruits of blackberry, dark cherry, ripe blood plums and strawberry compote.
Palate: Intense French oak weaves through a myriad of flavours, noting bitter dark chocolate, black berry fruits and liquorice. There's grippy tannin and acidity, which drives the palate and assures a long lived wine. This Shiraz is all about power and presence.
Food Pairing: Wagyu Beef, slow cooked Beef cheeks with root vegetables or dark chocolate Raspberry tart. We recommend to decant a few hours before enjoying or if well prepared, the day before.
Wine Review: 2018 Vintage waiting review.
Acidity: 7.1 g/L
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 35 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: Now to 2040+
Wine maker/Viticulture: Pete Raymond
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Shiraz wines are noted for intensity of both colour and ripe fruit flavours. You will discover a multi-regional selection, with each wine featured delivering delightful aromatics, spice, deep red colour and a power house of quality fruit to deliver endless pleasure in every sip.
This Shiraz selection is 100% handcrafted from family owned vineyards and artisan producers.
*Cellar with confidence. These wines will soften with further time in bottle and will stand the test of time. The Shiraz wine variety is one that can last for many years after bottling but we do recommend to cellar correctly.
Barossa - Eden Valley Shiraz
Vineyard: Situated in the northern end of Eden Valley is the family owned and operated vineyard of Garden & Field. The site is spectacular which takes in a landscape of rolling hills with vineyards dotted in the distance. Planted on own roots and established as a non- irrigated site, with a southerly aspect. Elevation of 390m consisting of ancient volcanic soil, red brown earth, ironstone, quartz and schist rock lay over clay & limestone.
Season: The season began with good winter rain and followed by an average spring. The soil profile was wet and budburst/the growing season was off to a good start. With December came warm summer days and unlike the valley floor, cool evenings gave the vines respite from the daily heat. The dry conditions with high altitude breezes, kept disease pressure low. Overall an excellent vintage and one that will be regarded as a favourite.
Wine making: Hand-picked Shiraz was de-stemmed and fermented as whole berries, hand plunged several times daily and left on skins for 14 days, gently basket pressed then transferred to new French Troncais and Jupilles oak for 26 months.
Appearance: Deep crimson red with purple hue.
Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of cedar and French oak, black cherry, mocha and exotic spices with concentrated depth.
Palate: Cedary oak is pronounced with concentrated blue berries, dark cherry chocolate and espresso coffee notes. Assertive tannin powers the palate and adds length to a final and full finish.
Food Pairing: Wagyu Beef, slow cooked Beef cheeks with root vegetables or dark chocolate Raspberry tart. We recommend decanting this wine the day before or at least 2-3 hours prior to serving.
Wine Review: 2018 waiting review
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 70 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: now - 2040+
Wine maker/ Viticulture: Peter Raymond
Barossa - Eden Valley Shiraz
Vineyard: Lionheart is named after Barossa‘s old vines from Carl Lindner’s Shiraz vineyard. This wine comes from ancient, gnarled vines; some 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: Generous late winter rains replenished the soil profile followed into Spring. Consistent warm summer days with cool nights allowed for perfect slow ripening, maximising Shiraz bunch flavour. The vintage will be long remembered as an exceptional one.
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 and aromatic on the palate, Lionheart commands company with food and friends.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Wine maker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide