2016 Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of Eden Valley Shiraz

Barossa - Eden Valley Shiraz

Vineyard: The Red Queen of the Eden Valley vineyard turned 102 years in vintage 2013. These ancient gnarly vines over a hundred years of age, are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.

Season: A dry and frosty start to the growing season but thankfully not damaging to the vineyards in Eden Valley. December and early January was warm with some welcomed rain received. Overall the 2016 season delivered exceptional quality for red wine varieties across the Eden valley Barossa region.

Wine making: The Red Queen of Eden Valley was handpicked and gently pressed with whole bunches in open top fermenters and left to mature in new French oak for 2 and a half years. Prior to bottling the wine was unfiltered & unfined to maintain maximum colour for long term cellaring.

Appearance: Deep purple-crimson.

Aroma/Bouquet: An immensely complex, dark, brooding character, red and black fruits, pepper and spice, with licorice and tar.

Palate: Lingering black fruit on the palate, with pepper seasoning. 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 richly flavoured foods, meats, stews, game or mature hard cheeses. Alluring on the palate our Red Queen commands company with food and friends.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: 3.58

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: 408 dozen (750ml)

Cellar potential: 20+ years

Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide

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