2012
Dandelion Vineyards
'Lion's Tooth of the McLaren Vale'
Shiraz-Riesling
McLaren Vale

2012
Dandelion Vineyards
'Lion's Tooth of the McLaren Vale'
Shiraz-Riesling
McLaren Vale

Whole bunches from our most distinctive Shiraz from Nat McMurtrie’s Vineyard were hand harvested in the first week of March then and fermented on stalks in open fermenters on top of some Riesling skins for eleven days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into some new but predominantly older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation and enhance the wine’s perfume and palate.

After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, Elena bottled this Lion’s Tooth without
filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard.

Deep red with hints of violet. Intriguing aromas of rose petals and a summer pudding of lifted red fruits, berries and a little lime marmalade from the cofermentation with the aromatic Eden Valley Riesling. Wild cherries, blueberries, and mulberries and an impressive structure balanced by spicy oak. The fruit is opulent, intense red berries balanced by soft velvety tannins and supple oak, resulting in an intriguing finish derived from the unique, enlightened co-ferment.

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 95% Shiraz - 5% Riesling
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Vineyard: Nat McMurtrie's Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 19 years old
  • Yield: 3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Sandy Loam over Clay
  • TA: 6.45 g/L
  • pH: 3.58
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Skin Contact: 11 days
  • Oak: 18 months in French barrique (20% new)
  • Production: 5,000 cases produced
Winery & Regional Information
MCLAREN VALE

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »

DANDELION VINEYARDS

MCLAREN VALE

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. Learn More »

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