2017
Dandelion Vineyards
'Wonderland of the Eden Valley'
Riesling
Eden Valley

2017
Dandelion Vineyards
'Wonderland of the Eden Valley'
Riesling
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. Old Vines say you? The bunches for Dandelion’s Wonderland Riesling are chosen virtually one at a time to ensure perfect ripeness. This wine has the minerality and grip of the Mosel or Rhiengau.

Whole bunches were hand picked on the 3rd of March then destemmed in small batches without crushing the fruit to fill our press exactly. The free run juice was then fermented in small tanks between 11 and 14 degrees Celcius, the wine has a high level of natural acidity, 8.8 grams per litre, a pH of 2.91 and although bone dry, only 10.5% alcohol.

This Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling was bottled directly without fining or filtration to capture the essence of the vineyard, a looking glass if you will, and is ready to drink immediately or cellar for decades. The nose has a gemlike, pristine almost shimmering bursting scented bouquet of glittering, glimmering, glistening incandescence, with invigorating, intense smells of lime blossom. The palate has an extraordinary precise and clean fruit spectrum of lemon and other citrus fruit flavours, stone-fruit, including apricot as well as classic mandarin citrus on the mid palate, developing into rich lemon meringue tart-like flavour.

  • Region: Eden Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Riesling
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Kroehn Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 105 years old
  • Yield: 1.2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loamy Sands on Clay Loam with Quartzite & Ironstone
  • TA: 8.8g/L
  • pH: 2.91
  • Alcohol: 10.5%
  • Oak: None - Stainless Steel
  • Production: 500 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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