Trophy, Platinum and Gold - San Diego February 10 2015

The Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2012 won the Platinum award at the San Diego International Wine Competition in 2014: "This is an expensive wine with a rather weighty name as well, so you might wonder whether it can live up to its advance billing.  In terms of sheer assertiveness of flavor, one could hardly ask for more, as the slightly stewed flavor notes show both red and black fruit tones.  Interestingly - and admirably - the wood is not remotely obtrusive, which shows very good judgment in letting the fruit shine from center stage.  Tannins are sufficiently prominent to lend needed structure to the ripe fruit, but there’s nothing astringent or overly gripping about their impact on the wine’s finish.  Pair with meat dishes treated with a spicy rub." Dandelion Vineyards won 5 Gold medals at this Competition.