2020 Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz
Dandelion Vineyards is a venture between marketing guru Zar Brooks and his winemaking wife, Elena. ‘When I see a weed I see the Devil' is an old viticulturist's mantra, which makes the labelling of this wine rather quizzical. However, at Dandelion Vineyards, we're told they actually encourage the dandelion to grow amongst the vines as it suppresses winter weeds and provides mulch in summer.
Their Lionheart Shiraz is so named after Barossa ‘s lifelong champion of old vines, Carl Lindner. This wine is sourced from a selection of his ancient, gnarled vines, some approaching and many over a hundred years of age that not only survive but thrive on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.
Deservedly plastered with bling, this is a great value Shiraz that puts all of Barossa’s glorious rich, plush fruit on full show.
Matured for 18 months in predominately older French oak barriques. Magnificent depth of colour featuring a super saturated inky black core and an equally deep black dark purple hue. Soaring out of the glass are lavish aromas of dark plum, liquorice and ripe blackberry which are trailed by vanillin oak, mocha, hints of earth and spice. Bold, rich and concentrated the palate is awash with opulently textured blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits which meld into a back drop of toasty vanillin oak, earthy dark chocolate and spice. Excellent depth and power with velvet smooth tannins and a long plush finish that’s trademark Barossa.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.