Dandelion Vineyard 'Lionheart' Shiraz 2015
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 27517
James Halliday 94
“Hand-picked, open-fermented, wild yeast, 8 days on skins, basket-pressed to French barriques (some new), matured for 18 months. Deep crimson-purple; a full-bodied shiraz in classic Barossa Valley mode; blackberry, plum, licorice, warm spice and soft, plum tannins all add up to a totally hedonistic play.”
Vinous Media 91
"Youthful purple. Expressive aromas of dark berries, pipe tobacco, peppery spices and mocha. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet blueberry and cherry compote flavors that flesh out and pick up a smoky nuance with air. Becomes firmer on the very long, spice-laced finish, which is framed by dusty, fine-grained tannins."
"The Lionheart of Dandelion Vineyards is our old vine Barossa vineyard. These ancient, gnarled vines, many over a hundred years of age, are not only surviving but thriving 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 predominantly older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, we bottled our Lionheart vineyard without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of Carl's vines.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. 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. Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart is ready to drink and will reward cellaring and decanting." ~ Winery Notes
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