Damsel of the Barossa Merlot

Damsel of the Barossa Merlot

2022 Merlot, Barossa, South Australia

Dandelion’s Damsel is always our best old vine Barossa Merlot



Sourced from our old vine Barossa vineyard, these ancient, gnarled vines are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.

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 oak barriques to finish fermentation.

After 18 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.


  • Sommeliers Challenge Awards 2023 – Silver Medal
  • The Real Review, Huon Hooke (Nov 2023) – 93 Points, Silver


  • RegionBarossa, South Australia
  • Vintage2022
  • TypeRed Wine
  • VarietyMerlot
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Volume750ml
  • Alcohol Volume14.5%
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  • ClosureScrewCap
  • Tasting Notes

    Damsel of the Barossa Merlot 2022 BC.pdf

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