Dandelion Vineyard

At Dandelion Vineyards, it really starts and ends in the vineyard. Why the lonely dandelion as the sit in mascot of the winery? Because the belief is that this pesky little weed is the heart and soul of the vineyard. They sprout with the first site of life in the soil and air and they are eventually refolded back into the earth to become food for the vines.

Dandelion Vineyards was started by Bulgarian born winemaker Elena Brooks and her husband Zar. They grow their own grapes as well as source fabulous old vine fruit from some of the finest family vineyards in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Eden Valley. Serious stuff, certainly. Proper fun, absolutely. The lifelong search to appreciate and understand the essence of wine, its terroir, leads Zar & Elena on a vinous treasure hunt, following the Dandelion's Wishing Clock if you will, that always inspires.

Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time. They grow our own grapes and source from the best of family vineyards. The wish is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express their terroir in through fermented grape juice.

The belief is that in order to variety, vintage and vineyard highlights requires an enlightened approach. Separating single sites, and even single soil types, vine by vine if need be. Dandelion Vineyards is a unique fusion of vineyards and vignerons. Their wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of heirloom vineyards with the finest traditions of artisan winemaking. It is the combination of old vineyards and young winemaker and a couple of mates to help out in between that makes for the ideal winery.

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Dandelion Vineyard 'Lionheart' Shiraz 2015
94  James Halliday 
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
Item Number: 27517
Case: $203.40

Dandelion Vineyard 'Lionheart' Shiraz 2014
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Bright purple. Smoke- and pepper-accented dark berry and cherry pit aromas pick up suggestions of mocha, licorice, violet and cola with aeration. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors that combine richness and vivacity with a sure hand.

Dandelion 'March Hare of the Barossa' Mataro 2012
96  James Suckling 
James Suckling 96 "A dark, brooding, very concentrated mataro that has deep, ripe plums and blue fruits on the nose with a wealth of dark spices. Really engaging and gently earthy. This has all the haunting allure of this variety at its finest. The palate's got tensile strength at its core,

Dandelion Vineyard 'Lionheart' Shiraz 2011
94  James Halliday 
James Halliday 94 "Deep purple-black in color, with aromas of black plums and freshly crushed black currants over pepper, charcoal, tar and earth. it shows off plenty of expressive berry & earth flavors, with grainy tannins, and a refreshing lift in the long finish."  This is all old vine Barossa

Dandelion 'Lion's Tooth' Shiraz/Riesling 2009
91  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 91 " Inky purple. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of blueberry, cherry-cola and floral oils. Lush and broad on the palate, offering hefty black and blue fruit preserve flavors that are lifted by gentle acidity. Notes of vanilla and mocha linger on the impressively long, spicy

Dandelion Vineyard Shiraz 2010
91  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 91 " Glass-staining purple. Aromas and flavors of candied dark fruits and violet, with subtle smokiness and a touch of black pepper. Smooth and seamless in texture, with very good finishing power and persistent florality. "  Wine Spectator 90 " Focused, juicy and