(V) and (VG) The grandly titled Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz is for once a wine whose punch lives up to its impressive name. Dandelion Vineyards dates back only to 2007 when owners Elena and Zar Brooks brought together older vineyards stretching from the Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley, the Barossa Valley and Fleurieu Peninsula. Elena is one of Australia’s few female winemakers and has produced an intense youthful Shiraz heavy with ripe berry fruit and Christmassy spice. On the nose there is spice and pepper, bramble and hints of chocolate. Rich in the mouth, initially there are raspberries, blackberries and plummy hoisin-like spice. A long wine, with firm tannins and dark chocolate overtones. The deserved winner of many awards, this wine is a serious contender comparable to many of the big Barossa names but at a fraction of the price. Definitely one to enjoy as the evenings start to lengthen.
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More InformationDandelion Vineyards is a fusion of vineyards and vignerons working with old vineyards and artisan winemaking. Zar Brooks and his winemaker wife Elena have teamed up with vignerons Brad Rey and Carl Lindner to produce a range of wines from their favourite vineyards in key regions in South Australia. Their aim is to nurture the character of the vineyards and express the terroir in the wines. As James Halliday states in his 2011 Australian Wine Companion, "It may be a dauntingly competitive marketplace, but there can be few more promising new ventures than this one".
Grapes are from an old vine vineyard in the Barossa with vines over a hundred years old, many on original rootstock. Throughout their vineyards they encourage the humble dandelion amongst the vines as they suppress winter weeds and provide mulch in summer.