Dandelion Vineyards Lioness of McLaren Vale Shiraz 2019

Shiraz from Helen and Angus Tuck’s vineyard in Baker’s Gully, McLaren Vale which is “ironstone pebble laden clay loam, over ancient Kurrajong Formation geology…. a silica cemented conglomerate.” Whole bunch, ambient yeasts. Basket pressed into French oak (20% new). One for the front of the pride.

Dandelion Vineyards, Lioness of McLaren Vale, Shiraz , McLaren Vale, 2019


Sapid, deep raspberry with distinct stony/ferrous vein.  White pepper, rock salt and clove spice with sweet woody oak.  That oak influence carries through to the palate: Dark charry vanilla tinged sweetness with tight, grainy astringent tannin. Fruit wise: pomegranate, blackberry and raspberry pulp supported by a suggestion of creaminess through the mid-palate. I want to like this more as the fruit appeals, but the oak for now just takes away the focus.

RRP: $30
Alc: 14.5%
Rating:17.75/20 (90/100)

Wine sample courtesy of Dandelion Vineyards


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