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2015 Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz

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Winemaker's Notes

Background: 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 artisan winemaking.
Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time. Our wish is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express their terroir in our wines.
Our Lionheart is so named after Barossa ‘s lifelong champion of old vines, Carl Lindner. This wine comes from 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.
In the first 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 some new but predominantly older French oak barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, we bottled our Lionheart with minimal winemaking artefact, to capture without filtration or fining, to capture the essence and purity of Carl’s vines. Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart is ready to drink and will reward cellaring and decanting.

Colour: 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.

Drink: Perfectly matched with all richly flavoured foods, meats, stews, game or mature hard cheeses. Alluring on the palate our Lionheart commands company with food and friends.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

Awards:
Gold Medal - 2017 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition
Blue Gold Medal & Top 100 - 2017 Sydney International Wine Competition
Best Shiraz, Gold Medal & 93 Points - 2016 Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition
Gold Medal - 36th Annual San Francisco International Wine Competition (2016)
Gold Medal - 2016 New Zealand International Wine Show

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2015 Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz

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James Suckling (2016 Vintage) says
This is very decadent and rich with blackberry, spice, meat and earth character. Full body, dense and juicy yet always refined and fresh. Classy. Needs a year or two to soften.
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