Dandelion Vineyards is the venture of self-titled ‘typist’ Zar Brooks and his winemaking wife Elena, with wines made from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Fleurieu, the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. The approach is remarkably simple and sees Elena making wine from a suite of beautiful old vineyards across that blessed curve that runs from the Barossa, up through the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills and down into McLaren Vale.”
The grapes for the Lionheart are from an old vine vineyard in the Barossa with vines over a hundred years old, many on original rootstock. Throughout their vineyards Dandelion Vineyards encourage the humble dandelion amongst the vines as they suppress winter weeds and provide mulch in summer. The Lionheart is named after Barossa’s lifelong champion of old vines – Carl Lindner.
The Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz has intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Lifted blue fruits of blood plum and ripe blackberries along with Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass as well as spicy pepper and hints of bramble and dark chocolate. Generous mouth-filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolatey nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish.