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Dandelion Vineyards Lioness Shiraz 2014

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Dandelion Vineyards Lioness Shiraz 2014, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied, robust and rustic with full-throttle black fruit, smoke, oak and spice aromas. Polished tannins and a long finish. This single vineyard Australian red wine is made from the Shiraz grape. These winemakers see the devil in the weeds, allowing dandelions to grow among the vine as they suppress other weeds and provide nutritious mulch. The "wishing clocks" of white seed in the spring provide new life. The Shiraz grapes are sourced form a single vineyard in the foothills of the McLaren Vale. The vines are planted in ironstone pebble laden with clay loam, over ancient Kurrajong Formation geology of silica cemented conglomerate ideally suited to grow Shiraz. Bunches are hand-picked in mid-March and fermented together in open top fermenters with ambient yeast and hand plunging for 12 days before basket pressing and aging in mostly French oak barriques before bottling without fining. Decant 1 hour and pair with rare steak. Drink: 2016-2019. 357475 14.50% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 92/100. February 18, 2017 Top Rated Red Wine. Glorious Game Wine  Full Review

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