2015
Dandelion Vineyards
'Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale'
Shiraz-Riesling
McLaren Vale

2015
Dandelion Vineyards
'Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale'
Shiraz-Riesling
McLaren Vale

Whole bunches from our most distinctive Shiraz from Nat McMurtrie’s Vineyard were hand-harvested in late February, then and fermented on stalks in open 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, we bottled this Lion’s Tooth without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard.

Intriguing rose petals and a summer pudding of lifted red fruits, berries and a little lime marmalade from the co-fermentation with the aromatic Eden Valley Riesling. Wild cherries, blueberries, and mulberries and impressive stucture balanced by spicy oak. On the palate, this wine is opulent, intense red berries balanced by soft velvety tannins and supple oak, resulting in an intriguing finish derived from the unique, enlightned co-ferment.

Dandelion Vineyard’s Lion’s Tooth is ready to drink and will reward cellaring and decanting.

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 95% Shiraz - 5% Riesling
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vineyard: Nat McMurtrie's Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 22 years old
  • Yield: 3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Sandy Loam over Clay
  • 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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