Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2008
Blue Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition
1st November, 2011
Deep, ripe, cassis, mint, vanilla, candied fruit, blueberry, spice and oak bouquet. Rich, sweet, extracted style - supple, voluptuous and velvety. Earthy tone, with fine length and balance. Satisfying.
This is a wonderful wine crammed full of flavour, yet ultra-smooth and perfectly balanced in all respects.
Fragrant, ripe, blackberry jam, chocolate and welcome oak influence. Loads of concentration, loads of charm.
On the nose there are lifted raspberry and plums with summer pudding-like red fruits with classic Eden Valley blueberry and spice. Generous mouth-filling flavours of sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolately nuances continue through the lengthy palate with a youthful finish.
Zar Brooks and his winemaker wife Elena have teamed up with vignerons Brad Rey and Carl Lindner to produce a range of wines from their favourite vineyards in key regions in South Australia. Their aim is to nurture the character of the vineyards and express the terroir in the wines. As James Halliday states in his 2011 Australian Wine Companion, "It may be a dauntingly competitive marketplace, but there can be few more promising new ventures than this one".
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.
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