`Lioness of McLaren Vale` Shiraz 2020, Dandelion Vineyards, McLaren Vale
On the nose there are dark fruit notes of plum, complemented by more aromatic notes of violets, pepper, chocolate, and rosemary. On the palate, the dry tannins and refreshing acidity support the black plum and wild raspberry fruit flavours.
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.
After hand picking, the grapes were kept as whole bunches and fermented in open top fermenters. Fermentation lasted 12 days with daily hand-plunging. The wine was then basket pressed into predominately older French oak barriques, to mature for a further 18 months before bottling without fining or filtration.