2021 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.
Exuberantly fruited and luxuriously textured this is an impressive modern take on Barossa Shiraz.
Matured for a period of 18 months in some new but predominantly older French Oak barriques. Magnificent colour saturation featuring an impenetrable inky black heart along with an equally deep black dark red hue. Engulfing the nostrils are potent scents of ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum infused with dried clove followed by some smoky vanillin cedar and peppered meat notes. Possessing a luxurious feel the full bodied palate is swamped with rich blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits which are complimented by an undercurrent of dried clove, smoky vanillin cedar, dried meats and peppered earth characters. Powerful and concentrated with velvet smooth tannins it finishes long, opulent and seductive.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.