2018 Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart Shiraz

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.

Alcohol:  14.5%

pH: 3.57

Acidity:  NA 

Residual Sugar:  NA

Production:  dozen (750ml)

Cellar potential: 15+ years

Wine maker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide

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