2017
Dandelion Vineyards
'Honeypot of the Barossa'
Roussanne
Barossa Valley

2017
Dandelion Vineyards
'Honeypot of the Barossa'
Roussanne
Barossa Valley

This Honeypot Roussanne was made entirely from Helen and Mark O’Brien’s remarkable vineyard. Whole bunches of hand tended and hand harvested Roussanne was picked in the cool of early morning then gentled crushed then the free run juice was fermented in a stainless steel tank and bottled a few months later under screw cap to ensure the wine reflects what Elena intended.

The wine’s early-morning picking and the low alcohol for this variety does much to refine and elocute this honest, handsome, lady-grape. After all, it does not deny its southern French origins and so a comparison of the masculine and the feminine can not not exist. Culture, language and wine combine in this refreshingly conversational roussanne, which “by slow prudence might make mild a rugged people…”

Luminous pale gold. Aromas of honeysuckle, guava, fresh flowers, green herbs and almond linger in the glass. The palate is textural but more restrained than often seen from this grape. There is just enough grip and just enough viscosity to not become too cloying nor too bracing. It is the conservative side of the Roussanne spectrum without any honey and more lemon and nashi pear notes continuing to evolve.

  • Region: Barossa Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Roussanne
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: O'Brien's Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 13-years-old
  • Viticulture: Lutte Raisonée / Sustainable
  • Yield: 3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Sandy Loam over Ironstone riddled Clay
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Skin Contact: None
  • Oak: None - Stainless Steel
  • Production: 700 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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