Dandelion Vineyards March Hare of the Barossa is a wine from Tam and Jessie Auricht’s vineyard near Marananga, Barossa, ideal for Mataro or Mourvedre as it is also known. The March Hare Vineyard is also ideal at attracting wildlife, including hares who from the first colour in the grapes madly attack the fruit from March onwards and from all directions.
Selected bunches were hand picked by family and friends in the last week of March and gently crushed into open top fermenters. After 14 days fermentation the wine was then basket-pressed into older French oak barriques for 20 months maturation and then bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard and will reward cellaring and decanting.
Vivid, deep purple, concentrated and viscous. The interior of Count Dracula’s cape.
Aromatics of liqueured chocolates and rosewater. There is milk chocolate and the most enticing distant sniff of something heady. Blackcurrant, earth, musk, and the light spice of older French oak barrels.
Densely flavoured with wild berries and ripe plums that seem indulgent, but then the wine’s tannins dry it out in a long, savoury manner with echoing hints of the wild berry and the plums and the headiness at the palate’s end, where the tannins then once again return, flash-mobbing the after-palate before disappearing into the wine’s undisclosed, secret HQ.
With its depth and concentration this powerful but poised red wine will cope with all victual comers; yet like all fine wine it actually wants something very simple. A mild Chorizo sausage and some white beans; a roasted pork spare rib; kangaroo steak au poivre...
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