2020 Dandelion Vineyards Enchanted Garden Riesling

Barossa - Eden Valley Riesling 

Vineyard: Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time. The goal is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express their terroir in these wines.

The Enchanted Garden was planted in 1910 and thrives to this day, a 7 acre Eden Valley Vine Garden lovingly tended by Sue and Stuart Woodman.   

Season: Exceptional quality was achieved from the 2020 vintage but extremely limited quantities produced, due to below average rainfall. Late frost combined with wet and windy conditions resulted in a poor flowering, with decreased berry set in bunch formations. From December the dry and windy conditions persisted, making the 2020 one of the driest and low yielding vintages on record.

Despite challenging conditions, the Eden Valley region delivered wine grapes of exceptional quality with white grapes showcasing an abundance of aromatics and both red and white grapes delivering excellent ripeness, concentrated colour and high natural acid levels.

Winemaking: Whole bunches were handpicked on the 9th of March then de-stemmed without crushing the fruit to fill our press exactly. Juice from the free run and pressings were separated then fermented in small tanks between 11 and 13 degrees Celsius. The wine has a high level of natural acidity, and although bone dry, only 11.5% alcohol.

Appearance: Star bright in colour the appearance of this Riesling foretells the pristine and unalloyed quality of its fruit.

Aroma/Bouquet: With classic Riesling aromatics of citrus zest, lemon foliage and hints of dragon fruit flowers, etched by a clear, steely minerality. This wine holds the promise of a future, well-cellared bouquet of honey, caraway and rye.

Palate: Bone dry with fresh citrus and crunchy acidity. Delicate notes of lemon rind intertwined with steely mineral flavours and soft bath salts.

Food Pairing: Enjoy with dumplings, spicy cuisine or South Australian King George Whiting. 

Alcohol: 11%

pH: 2.93

Acidity: 7.3 g/L

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 15+ years

Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide

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