Dandelion Vineyards Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling 2021


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This might be the broken record for 2021 but go long, very long, on Rieslings from this vintage, from both Eden Valley and the Clare Valley. You will not regret it. The first thing to know about Dandelion Vineyards is that founder, Zar Brooks, is from the Chester Osborn school of names and labels. No surprise as they worked together and it may have even been Zar which led Chester down that road. Zar Brooks is the Tolstoy in back labels. 

A curious name, sure, but a special wine. The Enchanted Garden vineyard is seven acres in Eden Valley. Whole bunches were harvested by hand, before destemming, though no crushing, to fill the press. Free run juice was fermented in small tanks between 11 and 13°C. Zar notes that the wine is suitable for vegans. 

Pale yellow with beautiful aromas. Lifted florals, bath salts, musk, lavender, spices and lovely lemony notes. If anything, perhaps a little forward but this is a Riesling aimed more at earlier drinking (it will still age and improve for 8-10 years) than the Wonderland of Eden Valley. The wine lingers beautifully and is excellent value.

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