2015
Dandelion Vineyards
'Red Queen of the Eden Valley'
Shiraz
Eden Valley

2015
Dandelion Vineyards
'Red Queen of the Eden Valley'
Shiraz
Eden Valley

Winemaker Elena Brooks crowned Colin Kroehn's ancient Eden Valley Vineyard as the Red Queen of the Eden Valley whose age, altitude, aspect and slope are key to her reign. Planted in 1912, the vineyard sits at 1,550 feet above sea level on a south facing slope on approximately 600 million year old sub-soil. From these ancient, gnarled vines, many over a hundred years of age, are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.

On April the 23rd whole bunches of ripe Shiraz were hand harvested, then two thirds of the grapes were gently crushed over a third of whole bunch fruit and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eleven days, hand plunged three times a day, before careful basket pressing into half new and half one year old French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation.

Two and a half years maturation and a racking in the same oak, only 472 cases were bottled of this fourth vintage of Red Queen without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard. Dandelion Vineyard’s Red Queen will reward cellaring and decanting.

An immensely complex, dark, brooding character, red and black fruits, pepper and spice, with liquorice and tar. Lingering black fruit on the palate, with pepper seasoning. There is an incredibly deep range of avour, a mix of red and black berries complimented by vibrant pepper and leaf notes. Elegant tannins and lingering acidity help extend the nish and the overall balance is impeccable.

  • Region: Eden Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vineyard: Kroehn Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 103 years old
  • Yield: 1.2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loamy Sands on Clay Loam with Quartzite & Ironstone
  • TA: 6.45g/L
  • pH: 3.58
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Harvest Date: April 23rd
  • Oak: 36 months in neutral French barriques
  • Production: 472 cases
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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