`Wonderland of the Eden Valley` Riesling

South Australia

Dandelion Vineyards

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.'

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Vinification

Whole bunches from Dandelion's oldest vineyard, 99 years old in 2010, were hand picked in the cool of the early morning and destemmed in small batches without crushing. The free run juice was fermented in small stainless steel tanks between 11oC and 14oC.

Tasting Notes

High in natural acidity and bone dry, this wine is fresh and bright with intense smells of lime skin, citrus blossom, green apple, ripe guava and cinnamon spice. On the palate, there is crisp lime sorbet, stone fruit including apricot and classic mandarin, developing into rich lemon meringue. Wonderful racy minerality.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Riesling
Region South Australia
Winemaker Elena Brooks
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 7.8g/l
Residual Sugar 2.1g/l
Wine pH 3.15