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Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2015 Wine Review

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2015

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2015

Barossa, South Australia, Australia

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $21.95

Drink: 2017-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: Dandelion Vineyards

Agent: Du Chasse Wines & Spirits

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This full-bodied red wine has lip-smacking delicious aromas and flavours of black and purple fruit. Smooth and supple. Love the fact that this big shiraz is not filtered, giving us the full-on flavour experience. Try is with lamb and rosemary. MINE: Produced by Dandelion Vineyards, the grapes for this robust red wine come from vines 100 years old. The wine is open-fermented with wild yeast, then aged 18 months in French oak barrels, and is not fined nor filtered. In 1979, Peter Lehmann established his winery. Because of his huge impact on the Australian winemaking industry and in recognition for making fine Australian wines, he was appointed to the Order of Australia. In 2009, he was awarded the International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award. Peter Lehmann died in 2013, at the age of 82. This wine was awarded Platinum at the 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. OTHER: Greg Hughes rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review: Dandelion vineyards are meticulous in how they handle their grapes to produce their wine. Their vineyard does not sound like an industrial machine - everything is done by hand. They hand harvest, fermented and hand plunged in open-top fermentors, amd aged 18 months in used French oak. Deep purple, with red reflections; the wine has a glasscoating effect as well. The aromatics are dark and brooding, though not as extroverted as this wine has been on other vintages. It's more subtle, though complex. There's some chocolatiness to the oak, but it is also subtle and it doesn't hide the fruit. Black pepper, damson, and cassis aromas. Well made and it tastes terrific. Menthol, blackberry, cassis, old leather, cocoa powder, and a peppery finish. Don't be afraid of sediment. It's a sign they refrained from fining or filtering the wine at the bottling stage. Those processes often hamper the quality of the finished wine - removing flavourful and aromatic compounds. This wine should age for a decent period of time (at least five to seven years). Pair this wine with elk burgers or a rack of lamb. OTHER: Natalie MacLean rated this wine as 91/100. OTHER: Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: The 2014 vintage of dandelion Shiraz shows densely concentrated ruby red with a slight purple hue. Declared 14.5% ABV. This Barossa beauty is drinking well. Boasting with red berry, blackberry, more subtle baking spice and eucalyptus. Well balanced, integrating high alcohol, medium acidity and medium plus tannins. Full bodied. Drinking well on it's own and pairs well with baked salmon steak, BBQ pork tenderloin, rack of lamb. Tasted Jan 2017. Rated 89/100. OTHER: The Sydney International Wine Competition judges 2,000 wines. Approximately 200 finalists are then judged with food, and the top-showing wines earn the Blue Gold award. The 2015 Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz was rated as one of the top 100 wines of the 2017 competition. OTHER: Lovely blackberry nose that follows through on palate. Great concentration of fruit. Hints of chocolate and mulberry coming through. Balance tannins and lovely long silky palate. Well matched with the veal, lovely fruit driven and seamless. (Judge: Brent Marris, Proprietor/Chief Winemaker Marisco Vineyards, Marlborough, NZ) Score - Blue Gold Medal (Sydney International Wine Competition, 2017). - Community Wine Reviews
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