2015 Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of 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: An exceptional wine delivering the best Eden Valley region has to offer. Floral, spice, intense old vine fruit which is grown without irrigation in the 2013 vintage - an exceptional year producing minimal fruit due to a frosty spring and a hot dry ripening period.

Winemaking: 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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