'Lion's Tooth of the McLaren Vale'
The word Dandelion comes from 'Dente de Lion' means Lion’s Tooth.
The grapes are co-fermented to achieve an almost forgotten but timeless blend of Shiraz and Riesling. The fruit was hand picked and then the Shiraz (whole bunch) was gently crushed and naturally fermented using non-cultured yeasts in open top fermentors over Riesling skins for seven days, hand plunged twice a day before pressing into barrel.
Inky purple. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of blueberry, cherry-cola and floral oils. Lush and broad on the palate, offering hefty black and blue fruit preserve flavors that are lifted by gentle acidity. Notes of vanilla and mocha linger on the impressively long, spicy finish.
- Region: McLaren Vale
- Varietal: 97% Shiraz - 3% Riesling
- Vineyard: Nat McMurtrie's Vineyard
- Vine Age: 16 years old
- Yield: 2.2 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Sandstone & Clay
- Oak: 18 months in French barrique (15% new)
- Production: 950 cases
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 »
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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