Dandelion Vineyards 'Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale' Shiraz Riesling 2021
Get to know: Dandelion Vineyards 'Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale' Shiraz Riesling
An almost forgotten but traditional and timeless blend of Shiraz and Riesling. With aromas of beetroot, red fruits, plums and blackberry, mulberry and nutmeg derived from co-fermentation with the aromatic Eden Valley Riesling. Smooth and savoury on the palate with supporting fruit and some weight offered by Shiraz, but lifted by the aromatics of the Riesling. A delicious example of this blend.
Try this with a pot-roasted chicken or sweet potatoes, pancetta and soft-boiled eggs (according to the winery who share a recipe for it here.)
Dandelion Vineyards is the venture of self-titled ‘typist’ Zar Brooks and his winemaking wife Elena, with wines made from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Fleurieu, the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale.
Nick Stock, one of Australia’s leading journalists, has described Dandelion as follows: “Brooks has teamed up with his winemaking wife Elena, a woman whose talents are outweighed only by her tolerance, in an exciting new venture called Dandelion Vineyards. The approach is remarkably simple and sees Elena making wine from a suite of beautiful old vineyards across that blessed curve that runs from the Barossa, up through the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills and down into McLaren Vale.”
Overall the 2021 vintage in McLaren Vale was exceptional. Vineyards in the McLaren Vale Wine Region were generally more productive, producing higher yields at harvest compared to recent seasons. Most importantly, the increase in vine yields was combined with excellent quality fruit.
This wine is suitable for consumption by Vegetarians and Vegans.