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2012 Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz

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Although they have only been established for just a short while, the people at Dandelion were singled out by wine writer James Halliday as one of the best new wineries of 2011. They claim to be a collective of vignerons and vineyards but at the very heart, is their talented winemaker Elena Brooks. This is an intense Eden Valley Shiraz showing plum, blueberry and spice. The palate is a concentrated festival of berries with notes of chocolate and baking spices. It’s well structured with fine tannins and pairs well with steak.

Winemaker's Notes

Dandelion Vineyards is a unique fusion of vineyards and vignerons. Our wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of our old vine gardens with the finest traditions of artisanal winemaking.

Appearance: Intense crimson with youthful purple hues.

Nose: Lifted blue fruits, blood plum, ripe blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark chocolate.

Palate: Generous mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish.

Food: 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%

Awards and Accolades

93 Points - Michael Franz.

Gold Medal - AWC Vienna.

Trophy, Platinum and Gold - San Diego.

95 points - Decanter Magazine.

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2012 Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Full crimson-purple; the grapes come from the 99-year old Kroehn Vineyard; hand-picked, open-fermented and basket-pressed to French barriques, and matured for 2_ years. A seriously complex wine, awash with red berry and black fruits, the tannins fine but persistent, the overall balance impeccable; the French oak will disappear into the wine as it ages.420 dozen made.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; a beautifully crafted and balanced wine of the kind that only comes from a single vineyard planted in 1912, the grapes open-fermented and hand-plunged before spending two and a half years in 50% new French oak barriques. Simple really. 320 dozen made.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A single-site bottling of a vineyard planted in 1912, this has that magic old-vine mix of depth and elegance. The nose carries blackberry and red-fruit aromas, plenty of toasty oak and spice, some hints of mocha and dark chocolate too. On the palate, it's silky smooth and svelte, with juicy, perfectly ripe red-berry and plum flavours running bright from start to finish. It's a wine of real elegance and poise - great length and impeccable balance.
The Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A rich and concentrated Eden Valley shiraz that really makes a striking impression. Plenty of blackberries and spiced plums, with a savoury edge that runs through to cocoa and freshly mixed concrete. On the palate, it’s seductive richness and velvet from start to finish. A smartly poised shiraz, with plum-fruit flavour, fleshy texture and decent length.
Sydney Morning Herald & The Age Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
From the same vineyard as the '09, the garrulous back label telling us among dozens of other things that 'whole bunches of flavour ripe shiraz were hand harvested' (machines can't pick whole bunches) then 'gently crushed' (ever seen a gentle crusher/de-stemmer?) and so forth. However, as with the '09, this is a wonderful wine crammed full of flavour, yet ultra-smooth and perfectly balanced in all respects.
Australian Wine Companion 2012

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