Dandelion Vineyards is the venture of self-titled 'typist' Zar Brooks, his winemaking wife Elena and growers Carl Lindner and Brad Rey, with wines made from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Fleurieu 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 identified by Carl Lindner and Brad Rey across that blessed curve that runs from the Barossa, up through the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills and down into McLaren Vale.
With a prime position overlooking the Finniss River wetland, Stranger's Reach vineyard is cooled by the maritime influence of the Great Southern Ocean and nearby Lake Alexandrina. Deep alluvial soils and low rainfall help the tough Cabernet vines produce rich flavours in the berries.
Selected bunches were gently crushed into open fermenters. After 14 days fermentation the wine was then basket pressed into new and used French and Bulgarian oak barriques for 18 months maturation and then bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vineyard.
An intense, regal purple with bright edges. A good indication as to what is to follow. Scented blueberries, cassis and anise aromas with baking spice, cedar and blackberry notes. Rich, deep, full-flavoured, blueberry, black plums, figs and red berry flavours. Cedar, clove, nutmeg and classic cabernet tannins are softened by smooth, mouth-filling fruit before a really extended finish.
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Name Dandelion Vineyards 'Pride of the Fleurieu' Cabernet Sauvignon Country Australia Region Fleurieu Pennisula ABV% 14.5% Vintage 2016 Grape Variety 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Size 750ml Dietary Information No