Dandelion Vineyards Damsel of the Barossa is a single vineyard wine from Carl Lindner’s Lohner Vineyard in the Lyndoch sub-region, in the cooler, wetter southern end of the Barossa, perfect for Merlot.
The Lohner Vineyard was planted 35 years ago and is a pioneering vineyard for the variety. In March we hand harvested whole bunches of flavour ripe Merlot to be gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into older French and American Oak Barriques to finish fermentation.
After 10 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, we bottled without filtration or fining to capture the essence of the vineyard and although ready to drink this Damsel will reward cellaring and decanting.
Brightly opaque with flashes of dark violet and ruby. A leggy viscosity.
A compote of wild berries and then bursting blueberries and sweet cassis that’s been freshly bottled. Alive aromatics complete with the best Merlot fruit reminiscent of a high acid blueberry jam. The aroma leads and the bouquet faintly hints at the vaguest waft of spice from older oak barrels.
A flooding mouthful of wine that sweeps all before it. Fruit acid and tannin combine to make a merlot AWD 4WD. The Damson plum and blueberry and blackberry flavours drive the wine and give it a perfect weight. This is Merlot that sings and shines, but a clear acid and tannin backbone keeps it on the road. The after-palate is long and brings with it whispers of dry dark chocolate.
With its plushness of fruit and it’s deft acid/tannin framework this red wine tames charcoal grilled meats in the most charming and friendly manner - try Rack of Lamb cut into double chops. It’s affable fruit flavours also suit it to slightly spicy Szechuan dishes.
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