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Dandelion Vineyards


Dandelion are an innovative new label with multi-region vineyards. For more info on Dandelion Vineyards see listing in the Barossa Valley region

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 Vineyards Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling 2014

Purchased:† Not ($28)

Drink: 2016 or 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, from vines planted in 1910, bone-dry, pure and vibrant lime and lemon with hints of apple, minerally† with fennel, rose petal and brown spice, taut and long structure, penetrating grapefruit acidity on the slaty finish† (*****)

Dandelion Vineyards Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2014

Purchased:† Not ($19)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, open and ripe tropical fruit, lime and lemon zest with plenty of musk and brown spices, a bit broader in structure than previous releases, wet slate finish (***1/2)

Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: May 2013, the vines were 99 years old at the time of this vintage, velvety and powerful wine showing redcurrant, blackberry and plum pudding flavours with pepper and sweet asian spice complexity, fine grained and well integrated tannins, vibrant acidity, the toasty cinnamon/cedar oak seems a bit more dominant over the fruit compared to the 2009 (I think the fruit from 2009 was more intense from memory), a good approachable example of† the super-premium Eden Valley Shiraz style but a medium term rather than long term cellaring prospect (****1/2)

Dandelion Vineyards Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2012

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($19)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2013, from 1912 vines at the late Colin Kroehenís vineyard, bone dry at 1.3 g/l residual sugar but shows the 2012 SA vintage ripe lychee/guava tropical fruits alongside the kaffir lime and lemon zest, there some jasmine and sweet ginger on the nose, flavoursome and very approachable with a good core of fruit and fresh, natural acidity on the lingering slaty finish, this an open structured but not too broad Riesling Iíll be drinking soon rather than putting down in the cellar with the more tightly wound 2011s† (****1/2)

Dandelion Vineyards Wonderland of Eden Riesling 2011

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($22)

Drink: 2013 or 2023 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, Bronze Medal at 2011 Barossa Wine Show 2011, well balanced with green apple, guava, and lime cordial supported with jasmine florals and a touch of cinnamon spice, framed by a spine of lime sorbet-infused talcy minerality, regional wet slate finish with tangy lime/mandarin rind acidity that is not as bracing as many Rieslings from the cold 2011 vintage (****)

Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($75)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, from a 1912 vineyard, open fermented and hand plunged with 2 and half years in French oak barriques, combines power and depth with velvety suppleness, blueberry, redcurrant and blackberry with sweet asian spices and violets, medium-full bodied with rich minerality, well integrated mouth-filling but slinky, fine tannins with complex and seamless chocolate/cinnamon/cedar oak inputs, outstanding length and balance the wine was my pick of the 2011 Young Guns of Wine Finals, although I was out-voted, will open up in four or five years time but has the structure to be drinking well in 30 years (*****)

Dandelion Vineyards Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2010

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda($22)

Drink: 2012 or 2022 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, Trophy at Queensland Wine Show, this about balance and harmony rather than super-leanness or searing acidity, opens with white nectarine, guava, lemon juice and lavender/citrus blossom florals, races along a backbone of lime sorbet-infused talcy minerality a, leads to pronounced wet slate finish with tangy lime/mandarin rind acidity, loved it so much I rushed out and bought another couple of bottles (****1/2)