Awards and Reviews

Gold Medal - Winemaker Challenge March 18 2017

Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2015 won a Gold Medal at the 2017 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition in February 2017. It was one of 6 Dandelion Vineyards wines to win an award, including two Platinum and Best in Show. 

Gold Medal at the 2017 Winemaker Challenge


Platinum - Winemaker Challenge February 07 2017

Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley 2016 won a Platinum Medal, scoring 95 Points at the Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition in February 2017.

Judge Rich Cook said: "This is one of two fabulous Rieslings from Dandelion, and while this is the less expensive of the two, it's a stunning wine.  Sweetly floral on the nose, it also shows aromas of wet stone lime, leading you to expect a little sugar on the palate.  Then the acid hits your tongue and lights up the bone-dry character with flavors of lime, granite and spice.  Amazing age-worthy Riesling is becoming an Eden Valley signature thanks to Dandelion. A Platinum Award winner at the 2017 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition."

Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley 2016


Gold Medal - Winemaker Challenge February 07 2017

Lioness of McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015 won a Gold Medal at the 2017 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition in February 2017. It was one of 6 Dandelion Vineyards wines to win an award, including two Platinum and Best in Show. 

Lioness of McLaren Vale


95 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion January 12 2017

2013 Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2013 was included in the James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 at 95 Points; "Nonsense ersatz gold circles on the back label; one-third whole bunches in the bottom of open fermenters, two-thirds crushed on top, matured in 50% new and 50% used French oak for 30 months. The full-on vinification was appropriate for the high quality fruit from 90yo vines." Drink to 2033.


94 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion January 12 2017

Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2013 was included in the James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 at 94 Points; "Wham Bang; doesn't shout, even whimper, riesling, just McLaren Vale riding high on a broomstick of dark chocolate. Drink to 2020."


95 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion January 12 2017

2015 Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2015 was included in the James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 at 95 Points; "Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, cool-fermented, bottled without fining or filtration. Reflects 7/8 g/L of acid and a very low pH of 2.8. This packs a punch that will always be part of a special Riesling, bred and built to develop over a 20-year span, its minerally acidity wrapped around citrus fruit. Drink to 2030.


94 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion January 12 2017

Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2014 

was included in the James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 at 95 Points; "Has a string of overseas medals of various worth on the label, but no domestic awards. It is an interesting wine, with strong texture and structure, but no magic wand in the winery: hand picked, rushed, open-fermented, 8 days on skins, 18 months maturation in predominantly used French barrique. The mix of savoury spices is particularly interesting and attractive." Drink to 2029.


Gold Medal - Critics Wine Challenge January 09 2017

Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2014 won a Gold Medal at the 2016 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition in San Diego, California. 


Best Riesling of Show - Sommelier Challenge December 04 2016

Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2016 won Best Riesling of Show and a Platinum Medal, scoring 96 Points at the Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition in October 2016.

Dandelion Vineyards took home eight medals in this competition all gold or better.


Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards December 03 2016

Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2016 won a Gold Medal at The China Wine & Spirits Awards in 2016. The China Wine & Spirits Awards is the biggest & most prestigious wine & spirits competition in China. All 100 Judges are carefully selected for being the top buyers of wines and spirits for the market and are importers, distributors, retailers and sommeliers.