Dandelion Vineyards Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling 2016 is much the better-settled wine after a year or so in bottle: it’s creamy, smooth and alluring, where many others are sharp and crunchy with acid like a smashed windscreen.
That winemaker Elena Brooks has picked and made the wine to be virtually dry at just 11 alcohols and still achieve this gentility and comfort is a great credit to her indomitable gastronomic intelligence. It reminds me a little of Dr Ernie Loosen’s Riesling from the Pfalz part of Germany. It has an aged lime-and-ginger marmalade notion to it, and it’s just a teeny bit toasty.
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Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 was rated outstanding by the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion. "Destemmed and crushed, open fermented for 14days, matured in used French barriques for 18 months. Full-bodied, it's varietal expression is shaped by the Mediterranean climate, resulting in a rich, robust wine with blackcurrent and a hint of dark chocolate, balance achieved without fuss. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 94."
Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2015 was judged outstanding by the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion. "Hand-picked, open fermented, wild yeast, 8 days on skins, basket-pressed to french barriques (some new), matured for 18 months. Deep crimson-purple; a full-bodied shiraz in classic Barossa Valley mode; blackberry, plum, licorice, warm spice and soft, plum tannins all add up to a totally hedonistic play. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 94."
Fairytale of the Barossa Rose 2015 was rated outstanding by the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion. " 90yo Grenache bushvines, free-run juice fermented and matured in used French oak, matured on yeast lees for 20 weeks. A very well made, complex rose; the spicy/savoury structure is infilled with bright bramble/cherry pip flavours, and the length is impressive. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 94."
Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2015 was judged outstanding by the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion. "An 80/15/5% field blend; open-fermented with wild yeast for 14 days, matured for 12 months in used French barriques. An altogether superior Barossa blend with very good colour and a concerto of supple red black fruits on the finely balanced, medium-bodied palate. Great value. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 95."
Matthew Jukes launched the fourteenth edition of his 100 Best Australian Wines for 2017/2018 yesterday, at Australia House. Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2016 (second year in a row) and Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2015 were both included. Matthew said, “These wines are Australia’s magnificent vinous vanguard and as always, I will showcase them nationally and internationally in a continued effort to alert the wine loving public to the great wines made in Australia.”
Dandelion Vineyards has been named Barossa Valley Wine of the Year, winning the Trophy for 2015 Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro, plus another 6 double golds, 2 golds and one silver at the China Wine and Spirits Best Value Awards. Recognition as a Trophy Winner is the highest honour in the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in Hong Kong and China.
This significant status is respected as the pinnacle of the wine industry. China Wine and Spirits Awards is ‘the most influential wine and spirits competition in the world’ according CNN, as the Judges are responsible for 90 million bottles of wines and spirits per year.
Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2015 was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2017 International Wine Challenge. The judges notes were: "Lifted nose with citronella and citrus freshness. A high level of lovely, textured, silky tannins and the mouthfeel is dense. Ageworthy."
Twilight of the Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015 won a Gold Medal at The China Wine & Spirits Awards in 2015. 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.
Dandelion Vineyards performed well at the Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition in October 2016.
The Judges' comments were: "Dandelion Vineyards, an Australian winery developing a solid reputation for consistently producing high-quality wines, took home eight medals — all gold or better, including one platinum for the 2016 Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling.