Dandelion Lionheart Shiraz 2018

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Tasting Notes


Dandelion Vineyards is the project of Bulgarian-born Elena and Zar Brooks. They work in a number of wine-producing regions in southern Australia, focusing on old-vine vineyards that reflect  terroir. The region was settled by Lutheran growers from Silesia (now part of Poland), Germany, and Britain in the 1840s and ‘50s. It contains two distinct parts, lower and flatter in the southwest, more mountainous in the north east. Overall, it is a hot, dry place, making drip irrigation the currant norm although unirrigated bush vines still survive.

This wine comes from the south of the Barossa near the town of Lyndoch. Dry summers lead to vine stress, but cool sea breezes and gully winds promote air drainage which temper the heat. The climate is generally maritime, and the soils alluvial wash with grey loam. The wine is made from a single vineyard, God’s Hill, where the vines average 92 years old (some are over 100), all on their own rootstock. Yields are very low, and the fruit is harvested by hand during the first week of March. Grapes are gently crushed, fermented with natural yeasts in open-top fermenters for eight days with manual punchdowns twice daily. The must is basket pressed into 25% new and 75% older French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. It’s aged in barrel for 18 months, racked off, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Three thousand cases were made. Dandelion Vineyards takes its name from the native plant that sprouts at the first signs of life in the soil and the air and eventually folds back into the earth to feed the vines.


Aromas are intense with massive spiced fruit, wood, and potpourri. The wine is supple and pleasurable in the mouth, with raspberry candy, black fruit, and spice well integrated with the acidity necessary to carry its bold flavors. This is not heavy-handed or overly alcoholic; rather, it’s a fine example of both the power and subtlety old-vines Barossa can produce. Medium bodied with a longer finish.


Enjoy with heartier foods such as steak, lamb or mushroom and bean stews. Homemade pizza or pasta can be good choices as well.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Grilled preparations, Hearty stew, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pizza, Red Meat, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Wild Game

$22.50 each
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