Fresh from our Aussie cousins comes the multi award winning Dandelion Vineyards “Lionheart of the Barossa” Shiraz 2013
Where is Barossa Valley?
The Barossa Valley is a valley in South Australia located 37 miles northeast of Adelaide. It is famed for its wine making, in particular Shiraz, and is the location of one Australia’s most prized wines “Penfold’s Grange” which new vintages start from around £300 a bottle. However, you don’t need to spend that much to enjoy the great wines this region produces and Lionheart Shiraz punches well above its weight for a fraction of the cost.
Grapes for Lionheart Shiraz are from an old vineyard in the Barossa with vines over a hundred years old, many on original rootstock. Throughout their vineyards they encourage the humble dandelion amongst the vines as they suppress winter weeds and provide mulch in summer – hence the mane Dandelion Vineyards!!
2013 was a fine growing season, with some warm days balanced by consistently cool nights. It was a relatively dry season and grapes ripened a touch earlier than usual. The weather leading up to harvest was mostly dry, ensuring perfectly healthy fruit could be picked in the first week of March.
Whole bunches of grapes were gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into new (25%) and older French oak barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, the wine was bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vines.
This cracking Shiraz has an intense crimson colour with youthful purple hues. On the 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. Generous mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolatey nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with a youthful finish. Shiraz at its best!!!