Location 

Longitude 139°05’30” East
Latitude 34°38’10” South
Altitude 1441 Feet = 440 Metres

Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2017

The Lionheart of Dandelion Vineyards is our old vine Barossa vineyard. These ancient, gnarled vines, many over a hundred years of age, are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.

In the last week of April whole bunches of Shiraz were hand harvested, then gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into some new but predominantly older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, we bottled our Lionheart without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard. Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart is ready to drink and will reward cellaring and decanting.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Deeply and darkly yet vibrantly and brightly. There’s the hint of minimal filtering in the wine’s solution but otherwise this alluring red is the faultless hue of some kind of mad hero’s hedonism.

Nose
Concrete and freshly shot game; the dark, dark chocolate that is unmistakably Barossa shiraz; and then as you smell the wine again and again come the deft combinations of fruit aromatics and very sparing oak bouquet: nutmeg, earthiness, white pepper freshly milled, cinnamon...

Palate
Here we find depth and work - there’s a moreish chewiness about this red wine that puts you straight into the Barossa. Yet there’s deftness about the wine’s giving weight, indeed, a certain lightness and ease runs through the middle to back palate, as if the wine is a cheerful butcher’s apprentice wearing ballet slippers. It is earthy and textural; the dry, powdery tannins that glide in at the mid palate assuage any fear of the dreaded fruit-bomb effect. And then the after palate is a neat composition of fruit sweetness and savouriness, bringing a natural balance.

Drink
Perfectly matched with all richly flavoured foods, meats, stews, game or mature hard cheeses. Alluring on the palate our Lionheart commands company with food and friends. 

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Awards

  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2018 - Platinum, 94 Points
  • Sydney International Wine Competition 2019 –Trophy Fuller Bodied Dry Red Wines Category
  • Number 1 Australian Shiraz - Cuisine Wine Magazine (New Zealand)
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 – 95 Points
  • New Zealand International Wine Show 2018 – Gold Medal
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 – Gold Medal
  • China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2019 - Gold Medal
  • Perth Royal Wine Awards 2018 – Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2018 – Silver Medal
  • International Wine & Spirit Challenge Tranche 1 2019 – Silver Medal, 92 Points
  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2018 – Silver Medal
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
  • Cathay Pacific International Wine and Spirit Competition (Hong Kong) 2018 - Silver Medal
  • The Seguin Moreau Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2018 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2020 - 95 Points
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