2018 Dandelion Vineyards Lioness of McLaren Vale Shiraz

McLaren Vale Shiraz

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: Hand picked fruit was carefully sorted before gentle pressing. The juice was captured in open fermenter tanks, with gentle hand plunging for 12 days. Matured in French oak barriques for 18 months. Bottled un-filtered and un-fined.

Appearance: Bright violet-blue, with hints of deep dark red and purple.

Aroma/Bouquet: The aromatics and intensity is alluring. White pepper, nutmeg and a faint hint of bay leaf with seasoned oak nuances.

Palate: A luscious fruit driven palate with serious intensity and mouth feel are simply delightful. A touch of eucalyptus with clove, raspberry, red-currants and blackberries, finish to a savoury and full palate.

Food Pairing: Slow cooked ribs with lashings of chilli plum sauce, Tagine of Goat, lemon peel and oregano.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 10+ years

Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide

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