Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2012
Intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Lifted blue fruits aromas, with plum, blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice. Generous sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums on the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins with a youthful finish.
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.
Winter rains were below average and budburst started one to two weeks earlier than the late 2011 season. Canopies grew large due to the regular rainfall pattern through to the end of December. ollowing the rain in late February, the Shiraz ripened in drier, cooler conditions through March to early April, providing some excellent flavours and tannin maturity. Yields were up to 25% down on 2011. Shiraz was outstanding in 2012.
Shiraz were hand harvested in the last week of April. Two thirds of the grapes were gently crushed over a third of whole bunch fruit and naturally fermented in open fermenters for 11 days. The wine was hand plunged three times a day before careful basket pressing into half new and half 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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