Dandelion Vineyards is combination of all of our favourite local terroirs with mature and in some cases centurion plus vineyards, down-and-dirty viticulture and purist winemaking....a vinous treasure hunt in our own vineyards! At Dandelion Vineyards we really do 'wish you were here...' Our vineyards are our family, their wines our children. Serious stuff, certainly. Proper fun, absolutely.
Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time. We grow our own grapes and source from the best of family vineyards. Our wish is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express their terroir in our wines.
We believe that to capture variety, vintage and vineyard requires an enlightened approach. Separating single sites, and even single soil types, vine by vine if need be.
Dandelion Vineyards is a unique fusion of vineyards and vignerons. Our wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of our heirloom vineyards with the finest traditions of artisan winemaking. Dandelion Vineyards combination of old vineyards and young winemaker and a couple of mates to help out in-between which we believe makes for the ideal winery.
Wish you were here. Cheers all the Dandy Lion’s;
Elena Brooks Winemaker & Trophy Wife, Brad Rey Vigneron & Canadian at Large Carl Lindner, Vigneron & Old Vine Champion, Madison the Dog, Zar Brooks, Typist & TBA.
WBM100, 92 POINTS
This is a gorgeously fruit-powered wine from the talented Dandelion team with ripe plum, cherry and rhubarb fruit. The alcohol is calm and relaxed, much like you will be when you finish a glass. Thanks to its restraint and balance, you'll quickly be back for a.....read more
The Age Sydney Morning Herald.., 91 POINTS
If you’re picturing a lion, think Wizard of Oz, as this is a soft and slurpable shiraz that rolls through nice and polite. Dark berries and gentle tarry accents - smooth tannins and a liadback style. Plum-skin finish. ...read more
Winefront Monthly, 92 POINTS
It’s a serious wine. Lots of tannin and impact. Blackberry jam, earth, coal and toast. It attacks with flavour the instant it hits your tongue, and then grabs your mouth as it leaves - a trail of warm flavour lingering on. Very Barossa. Very well put tog.....read more
Independent Weekly Adelaide, 92 +++ POINTS
Unless you have really precise, tannic, cool area viognier, there's not much point putting it in your fat, sweet McLaren Vale shiraz, according to recent dim fashion. Tight, austere upland riesling makes much more sense: it gives the red fruit more balance and.....read more
The Age, Epicure,
For services worthy of particular recognition ... Dandelion Vineyards, McLaren Vale: for services to wine and Australian wine history. Dandelion Vineyards may have a label straight out of a grade 6 drawing competition but the sentiment behind the label’s.....read more
The Age Sydney Morning Herald.., 90 POINTS
This is an interesting take on the white-grape seasoning we mostly see viognier used for; here it’s riesling making rich, swarthy McLaren Vale shiraz a more lifted propositiion. Liquorice and toasty, creamy oak on the nose, with some red fruits and wet e.....read more
The Age Sydney Morning Herald.., 93 POINTS
A rich and concentrated Eden Valley shiraz that really makes a striking impression. Plenty of blackberries and spiced plums, with a savoury edge that runs through to cocoa and freshly mixed concrete. On the palate, it’s seductive richness and velvet from.....read more
WBM100, 92 POINTS
Distinctively and creatively packaged, this is a fresh, clean and well-crafted Adelaide Hills Sauvignon. White nectarines, orange blossom and grapefruit notes fill a perfumed bouquet and dance right through a pretty, lime-accented palate. ...read more
This is a stunning first release for Dandelion Vineyards, the brainchild of husband and wife Zar and Elena Brooks. Dandelion grows its own grapes and sources others from notable vineyards. In this particular instance, says Zar Brooks,.....read more
Australian Wine Companion 2010.., 95 POINTS
Brilliant light green - exceptional colour; a wine of great purity and finesse, with an interplay of lime, apple and mineral through to a perfectly balanced finish; 98-year-old vines, whole bunch pressed grapes, unfined/unfiltered. ...read more
Australian Wine Companion 2010.., 92 POINTS
The amount picked on 25 March and left to dry in baskets in Amarone style must have been a minor portion of the wine, which is remarkably fresh and juicy - and not alcoholic; cassis and red fruits to the fore. ...read more