`Red Queen of the Eden Valley` Shiraz

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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The Red Queen of the Eden Valley vineyard is owned and managed by Vigneron Colin Kroehn and was established 100 years ago.


In the last week of March whole bunches of flavour ripe Shiraz were hand harvested, then gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for nine days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into new (75%) and older French oak barriques to finish fermentation. After 30 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, the wine was bottled without filtration or fining.

Tasting Notes

Intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Lifted blue fruits, blood plum, ripe blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark chocolate. Generous mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Eden Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Elena Brooks
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 6.8g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.43