`Wonderland of the Eden Valley` Riesling

Eden Valley

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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Colin Kroehn has tended his Eden Valley Riesling for 67 of his 87 years. The Wonderland of the Eden Valley is made entirely from his vineyard which was planted in 1912 and produces excellent fruit.


Whole bunches from Dandelion's oldest vineyard, 101 years old in 2012, were hand picked in the cool of the early morning on 16th March and destemmed in small batches without crushing. The free run juice was fermented in small stainless steel tanks between 11°C and 14°C. It was bottled directly without _x001A_ining or filtration to capture the essence of the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

Pristine pale straw with almost _x001A_uorescent green tinges. An intense late vintage nose of powerful jasmine, mandarin leaf and even lychee juice bursting fruit freshness, with invigorating, intense smells of lime skin and cinnamon spice. The palate shows a wonderful spectrum of stone-fruit, including apricot and classic mandarin, developing into rich lemon meringue tart-like flavour but still with a refreshing steely minerality, balanced with racy, slate-like acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Riesling
Region Eden Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Elena Brooks
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 7.5g/l
Residual Sugar 1.3g/l
Wine pH 3.01