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Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz

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The Dandelion Vineyards is a clever one, coupling some seriously well connected local grape growers (Carl Lindner in particular) with some equally clever marketing / winemaking nous (Zar and Elena Brooks). The end result is just generally better quality booze.

Witness this full flavoured, yet not fat, Barossan Shiraz from a vineyard located on the (awesome sounding) Gods Hill Road. It's clever wine, built well (from great fruit) and packaged superbly. Massive winner this.

Winemaker's Notes

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 Lionheart commands company with food and friends.

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Hand-picked crushed, wild yeast open pot fermentation for 8 days, hand plunging; 18 months in predominantly used French oak. While medium to full-bodied, the wine has elegance and freshness, with no hint of alcohol-induved earth on the finish, and a particularly attractive bouquet; blackberry, plum and liquorice fruits and supple, but persistent tannins.
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
From vines over or approaching 100 years old, this was open-fermented with wild yeast, then spent 18 months in some new, mainly old, French oak barriques. Neither fined nor filtered. Even more deeply coloured than Dandelion's Lioness of McLaren Vale, with a full array of black fruits on the medium-bodied palate. Some sophisticated handling in the winery has produced a remarkable result.
To 2025
The Australian March 02
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; produced 100-year-old vines on Carl Lindner's vineyards, hand-picked, openfermented and basket-pressed into French oak, and bottled without filtration or fining. The fragrant bouquet leads into a fresh and juicy medium-bodied palate, with both black and red fruits supported by silky tannins and a dab of oak.
2020
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
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Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This is a lively, bright and upbeat Barossa shiraz in 2009, with plenty of red fruits, blackberry, plum and spice on offer, some musky florals and oak too. The palate's berries and cream, while ripe tannins sit discreetly throughout, allowing plump red-berry and vanillin flavours to take centre stage.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep crimson colour; must surely have been picked before the heatwave, its medium-bodied frame charged with supple plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit; French oak handling exemplary, as are the tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
After making a dramatic splash with Riesling and Sauvignon this year, this wine proves that the talented Dandelion team is no white-wine-wonder. This is a gorgeously fruit-powered wine with ripe plum, cherry and rhubarb fruit. The alcohol is calm and relaxed, much like you will be when you finish a glass. Thanks to its restraint and balance, you'll quickly be back for another.
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
If you’re picturing a lion, think Wizard of Oz, as this is a soft and slurpable shiraz that rolls through nice and polite. Dark berries and gentle tarry accents - smooth tannins and a liadback style. Plum-skin finish.
Sydney Morning Herald & The Age Good Wine Guide 2010
91
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
It’s a serious wine. Lots of tannin and impact. Blackberry jam, earth, coal and toast. It attacks with flavour the instant it hits your tongue, and then grabs your mouth as it leaves - a trail of warm flavour lingering on. Very Barossa. Very well put together. Shows its alcohol and then some, but it carries the style off well.
Winefront 2009
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Dandelion Vineyards is an ambitious new South Australia-based wine outfit. This shiraz is sub-titled 'Lionheart of the Barossa'. It was the best of the new Dandelion reds that we tried. Excellent example of a hearty Barossan shiraz with lots of grunty tannin and dark, bold fruit impact. Flavours of blackberry jam, earth, coal and toast are present the instant it hits your tongue, then a trail of warm flavour lingers. Very Barossa. Very well put together.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
92

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