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Dandelion Vineyards

www.dandelionvineyards.com.au

PO Box 138, McLaren Vale, 5171

Cellar Door: Not

Ph: 08 8556 6099

See also Dandelion wines from the Eden Valley region

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Wine-maker, Elena Golakava-Brooks with old vines grower Carl Lindner (Photo courtesy: Dandelion)

Dandelion Vineyards is a partnership between Peggy and Carl Lindner, winemaker Elena Golakova-Brooks and marketer Zar Brooks, and Fiona and Brad Rey.

It is a fairly new brand, established in 2007, but has quickly become a brand to look out for. Bulgarian born, winemaker, Elena, has twice made the Young Guns of Wine finals (2010 and 2011).

The wines are sourced from premium vineyards from the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

The Eden Valley (Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz, Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling) and the Barossa (Pedro Ximenez, Mataro, Rose and Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz) parts of the portfolio have made the biggest impression on me so I have structured the entry around these two regions.

The Adelaide Hills contributes a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, with the Fleurieu Peninsula contributing a Cabernet. More unusual is a McLaren Vale Shiraz with 5% Riesling addition which revives a very old school Australian wine-making tradition (before Viognier was introduced) to make jammy reds seem sleeker.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Dandelion Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2015

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: June 2017, no fining or filtering, ripe blueberry, damson plum and plum pudding with black pepper and rose petal notes, long, earthy and medium bodied with fine grained savoury tannins, creamy cocoa/chocolate oak (****)

Dandelion Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: June 2017, perfumed and juicy blackberry and mulberry with asian spice,iodine and black pepper notes, long and medium bodied with spicy cinnamon/coffee oak and grainy tannins (****)

Dandelion Vineyards March Hare of the Barossa Mataro 2012

Purchased:† Not ($60)

Drink: 2027+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, Trophy at Barossa Wine Show 2014, from Carl Linderís old block at Lyndoch, basket pressed, no fining or filtration, rich and powerful blackcurrant, kirsch and plum with violet, anise and iodine notes, meaty and minerally with good fruit persistence, unpinned with chewy savoury tannins,† the seasoned French/Bulgarian oak is well balanced (*****)

Dandelion Vineyards Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2012

Purchased:† Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, perfumed, spicy and fleshy mulberry and plum with iodine, rose petal, olive and asian spice notes, glossy medium-full bodied palate finishes with some raspberry and coffee/cedar/cinnamon oak,† open knit grainy tannins (****1/2)

Dandelion Vineyards Damsel of Dandelion Merlot† 2012

Purchased:† Not ($28)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, no fining or filtration, mouth-filling blueberry and damson plum with plum pudding, violet, olive and chocolate notes, lush and medium-full bodied without excessive alcohol, fine and open knit savoury tannins, creamy coffee/cinnamon/clove oak (****1/2)

Dandelion Vineyards Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2011

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2013, as expected from this cold wet vintage this blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Shiraz and 5% Mataro is in the lighter end of the Barossa GSM spectrum with good aromatics, the surprise is that they were able to hand pick enough decent Grenache from this vintage where so much was lost to fungal rot, juicy and fresh redcurrant and mulberry with black pepper, asian spices, spear mint and garden herbs, reasonable concentration and length, good acidity with open knit but chewy tannins, better than expected from this most challenging vintage (****)

Dandelion Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, once again this is from Carl Linderís old vines, no fining or filtration, sweet and glossy blackberry, dark plum and mulberry with musk, black pepper pepper and blueberry pudding notes, underlying earthiness, medium bodied with fine grained tannins running through palate, back half creamy vanilla/cocoa/chocolate oak, quite approachable now with a bit of a decant (****)

Dandelion Legacy of the Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximenez

Purchased: Not ($28 for 375 ml)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, from a solera started in 1944, the thirty years refers to the average age of material in the solera, rusty orange colour with olive-green rim, sweet fig, toffee and cumquat and roast pecan nut with well developed rancio and firm tea-like tannins (****1/2)

Dandelion Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, from Carl Linderís old vines, no fining or filtration, vibrant and fleshy blackberry, dark plum and mulberry with rose petal, pepper and blueberry pudding notes, medium bodied with warm earthiness and finely grained tannins, creamy vanilla/cedar/chocolate oak, quite approachable now but will develop in medium term (****)