`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 101 years old in vintage 2012. These ancient, gnarled vines are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.

Vintage Information

2013 was a fine growing season, with some warm days balanced by consistently cool nights. It was a relatively dry season and grapes ripened a touch earlier than usual. The weather leading up to harvest was mostly dry, ensuring perfectly healthy fruit could be picked in the first week of March.


On 8th April whole bunches of ripe Shiraz grapes were hand harvested, then gently crushed two thirds of the grapes over a third of whole bunch fruit and naturally fermented in open fermenters for 11 days, hand plunged three times a day, before careful basket pressing into half new and half one year old French oak barriques to finish fermentation. After two and a half years maturation and a racking in the same oak, the wine was bottled.

Tasting Notes

Deep purple-crimson. An immensely complex, dark, brooding character, red and black fruits, pepper and spice, with liquorice and tar on the nose. Lingering black fruit on the palate, with pepper seasoning. A mix of red and black berries complimented by vibrant pepper and leaf notes. Elegant tannins and lingering acidity help extend the finish and the overall balance is impeccable.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Eden Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Elena Brooks
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 7.18g/l
Wine pH 3.45