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Dandelion Shiraz Lionheart of the Barossa Barossa Valley 2014

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Dandelion Vineyards was started as a partnership between a group of growers and winemakers and apparently they really hit on something because their wines are receiving raves. They were just awarded Winery of the Year - Southern Hemisphere by the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. The Lionheart of Dandelion Vineyards hails from old vine Barossa Shiraz. These ancient, gnarled vines, many 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. For this 2014 grapes were sourced from God's Hill Vineyard with average vine age of 91 years old. A meager 1.3 tons per acre is all that these ancient vines yield, but the grapes have flavor and intensity that is gigantic. In the third week of March whole bunches of Shiraz were hand harvested, then gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into new (25%) and older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, it was bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vines. This wine is a 96 point Platinum award winner at the 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. They said "Dandelion wines are brilliantly made and modestly priced. The Lionheart of the Barossa is a beautiful example of juicy, ripe Aussie Shiraz, showing intense blueberry aroma, with spice and a warm wood note."

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Lionheart Wines:
Lionheart Wines is a boutique winery producing premium food-friendly wines. Our wines have crisp acidity, complex and layered aromas and flavors, and excellent mouth-feel, all of which combine into lovely, balanced wines ready to drink upon release but also with aging potential! We are proud supporters of The Lionheart School, Rebuilding Together - San Francisco and the SPCA of San Francisco.... Read more
Lionheart Wines is a boutique winery producing premium food-friendly wines. Our wines have crisp acidity, complex and layered aromas and flavors, and excellent mouth-feel, all of which combine into lovely, balanced wines ready to drink upon release but also with aging potential! We are proud supporters of The Lionheart School, Rebuilding Together - San Francisco and the SPCA of San Francisco. We donate 5% of each purchase when you specify which charity you would like to support. We have donated $2044.73 so far and hoping to greatly increase that number! The Lionheart School is having it's annual wine charity auction on January 23, 2010. Please consider making a donation to help them build a permanent home! Please explore the web site to find out more about our wines and how to purchase the wines. We have provided suggested food pairings along with the supporting recipes for your dining pleasure. Read less

External Reviews for Dandelion Shiraz Lionheart of the Barossa Barossa Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
03/29/2016

Dandelion Vineyards was started as a partnership between a group of growers and winemakers and apparently they really hit on something because their wines are receiving raves. They were just awarded Winery of the Year - Southern Hemisphere by the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. The Lionheart of Dandelion Vineyards hails from old vine Barossa Shiraz. These ancient, gnarled vines, many 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. For this 2014 grapes were sourced from God's Hill Vineyard with average vine age of 91 years old. A meager 1.3 tons per acre is all that these ancient vines yield, but the grapes have flavor and intensity that is gigantic. In the third week of March whole bunches of Shiraz were hand harvested, then gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into new (25%) and older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, it was bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vines. This wine is a 96 point Platinum award winner at the 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. They said "Dandelion wines are brilliantly made and modestly priced. The Lionheart of the Barossa is a beautiful example of juicy, ripe Aussie Shiraz, showing intense blueberry aroma, with spice and a warm wood note."




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