Dandelion Lion’s Den of McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018


Elena and her team always source the grapes for this wine from a single vineyard in the foothills of McLaren Vale. The fruit is gently crushed into open top fermenters for a twelve-day fermentation before basket pressing into a mix of new and older French Oak barriques, where it spends the next 20 months. The colour here is a deep, dark red. There is great intensity on the nose with notes of cloves, dry herbs, leather and a lovely character reminiscent of dried Christmas cake fruit. This is ripe and generous with good focus, silky tannins and excellent length – the complete package. This has an exciting future and will surely score even higher in five years.

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