Welcome Back!Sign in here:

   Reset Password

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 169,992 strong:

Register Today!

Want the secret to buying great wine?

222,877Wine Reviews
30Seconds to join

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2012

Thanks for liking this wine! Let your friends on Twitter and Facebook know about it by clicking on the buttons here.

If you've already connected your Twitter account, then you don't need to click on the Twitter button to share your review as it'll be done for you.

Optional: Before you share your wine find with friends, you can pick a score or make a quick tasting note, or both if you like:

My Score:
My Tasting Notes:
Expand Box

Community Reviews

There are 9 user submitted reviews for this wine.

Philippe Perreault, Sommelier rated this wine as 84/100 with the following review:

Deep garnet color with aromas of plum, spice and blackberry.

The wine is silky, creamy and long.

Excellent to match game birds.

Serve it at 15-17 degrees.

Ready to drink.
Monique Sosa rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Old vines that still have new tricks! A bold red with loads ripe black plum, black cherry, blackberry, baking spices, and slight mint aromas and flavours. Smooth (light) tannins, luscious acidity, medium-full bodied and a long minted berry finish. This is a phenomenal value of a wine that would pair quite nicely with your favourite cut grilled steak.
Jon Steeves rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

The 2012 vintage of Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz is referred to as the lionheart of the barossa, is 14.5% ABV, referenced as an heirloom ancient vineyard (some more than 100 year old vines) and artisan winemaking. 18 months maturation after hand-harvesting and sourced from some of the oldest soils on the planet. This wine shows aromas of ripe strawberry, black pepper, blackberry. On the palate, this wine shows red fruit and black peppercorn with complex herbal notes enmeshed with the spiciness of the essence of Barossa shiraz. Enjoy this wine with beef brisket, smoked meat, chilli con carne, vegetarian chilli or a gourmet lamb burger with blue cheese.
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Layered aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cassis, with black pepper and a slight earthiness. The blackberry and black pepper dominate the taste, Fine, firm tannins add to the structure and the acidity is quite high. A serious wine for a serious meal of rare red meat.
Donna Hargrove rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

How could you not want to try a wine called 'Lionhearted of the Barossa'? Light purple/red in colour, this Shiraz has notes of spice and fruit on the nose. These flavours carry through to the long smooth finish. A steak, grilled peppers and this wine!

Reviewed April 12, 2015
Sean O'Regan rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Deep ruby, blackberry, plum, pepper, eucalyptus and oak spice coming through with good intensity. Ripe fruit, with blackberry, cherry, plum on the palate along with some light minty and pepper notes. Lifted acidity maintains freshness here and tannins are well integrated. Striploin with cracked black pepper should play well with this. Drink over the next 5+ years. Tasted April 2015.
David Skinner rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Bright red-purple. Black fruits on the nose with floral hints of violet and some black pepper. Blackberry, licorice and spicy flavors with hints of smoke and a full bodied rich mouthfeel. A long finish that carrys the fruit and spice well beyond the initial taste.

Would pair well with pork loin and figs or venison and a cherry sauce.

Made from 100-year old vines and hand picked then 18 months in largely used French oak.
Ghislain Lalonde rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

NM91, WC4.5, FBS

Michael Godel

Tasted from the 750 mL, this old vine Barossa vineyard bottle is reminiscent of the wise and precocious 2009. Nothing can be taken for granted here, this Shiraz from ancient, gnarled vines, many over a hundred years of age. A wine from Neolithic soils, consumed and procreated on and upon itself. This is brash and once opened, the aromas are "orbiting your living room." Makes me think of fig jam on venison wurst and a sauce made from licorice, clementine and dates as big as sausage flies. Tart, tight, racy and religious. Has a fisting Reggae beat, like the Clash doing Tosh and Dub. It may not transmit the only Barossan pirate radio Shiraz but it may just be one of the better values. Tasted March 2015.
Jane Staples rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This hand-harvested Barossa McLaren Vale Shiraz has a subtle ripe cassis nose. The palate shows cassis, raspberries, pepper and oak. It's full-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and a long peppery cassis finish. Try it and maybe you'll feel lion-hearted, too!

Natalie's Review

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Natalie's tasting note, score, food pairings and recipes for this wine Drink: 2013-2017. 167189 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: Natalie's tasting note, score, food pairings and recipes for this wine. April 15, 2015 Luscious Lamb Wine  Full Review




Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

San Raffaele White Wine
Pinot Grigio 2014,
Delle Venezie, Veneto I.G.T. ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is editor of one of the largest wine review web sites, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 169,992 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.



Get my reviews of terrific under-priced wines. Save money, drink better wine.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
Four-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award