2018 Dandelion Vineyards Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz/Riesling

McLaren Vale Shiraz/Riesling

Vineyard: Cutting edge viticulture teamed with exceptional wine making has delivered a superb wine from the South Australian McLaren Vale region. The vineyard is constantly monitored and managed to deliver premium grapes.

Season: Winter rainfall was average with soil moisture wet at the time of budburst - spring. Spring rains were low with many vineyards accessing other sustainable water sources. The summer season delivered cool evenings and warm days without excessive heat. Overall low yields but a very good vintage was noted.

Wine making: 95% Shiraz, 5% Riesling. Whole bunches were hand picked and fermented on stalks in open top fermenters on top of Riesling skins for 11 days. Hand plunged twice daily, before a gentle basket press in new and seasoned French oak barriques. After 18 months of maturing and racking, was then bottled (unfiltered).

Appearance: Dark, dark red with purple hue.

Aroma/Bouquet: A lifted bouquet with the dash of Riesling. There are hints of spice and anise, amongst sweet ripe red berries.

Palate:  Sweet, luscious fruit on the mid palate, with powdery mineral notes create a solid structure. There is an incredibly deep range of flavour, a mix of red and black berries complimented by vibrant pepper and leaf notes. Elegant tannins and lingering acidity help extend the finish and the overall balance is impeccable.

Food Pairing: Perfectly matched with all full flavoured foods such as Chicken liver Pate and crusty Ciabatta, Taggine of Lamb shoulder and harissa, or an assortment of field mushrooms over risotto.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: 3.55

Acidity: 6.27g/L

Residual Sugar: NA

Production:  dozen (750ml)

Cellar potential: 8+ years

Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide

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