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Dandelion Fairytale of the Barossa Grenache Rosé 2018

Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $30.00
Produced from 90 year old Barossa bush vines, the fruit is basket pressed and sits in old oak on lees for around 5 months before bottling. The result is bright red fruits in a lovely textural setting, with strawberry and persian fairly floss all in play. There is a lick of sweetness and the finish is dry.
Dandelion Fairytale of the Barossa Grenache Rosé
Wine Specs
Variety
Grenache
Vintage
2018
Winery
Winemaker
Elena Brooks
Body
Light
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now
Bling
2 x Gold Medals, 92pts James Halliday
Alcohol %
13.5
Closure
Stelvin
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No

About the winery: "Our vineyards are our family, their wines our children. Serious stuff, certainly. Emotional approach, why not. Proper fun, absolutely. The lifelong search to appreciate and also understanding the truth of wine, that is its terroir, leads us on a vinous treasure hunt, following the Dandelion's Wishing Clock if you will. A quest that never ceases to inspire.

"Dandelion Vineyards is an adventurous and challenging fusion of vineyards and vignerons. Our wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of our heirloom vineyards with the finest traditions of artisan winemaking. Dandelion Vineyards combination of old vineyards and young winemaker, with a couple of mates to help out in-between is the core element, we believe, for an ideal winery. We want to share the satisfaction and delight of our new venture which is why we really do wish you were here...

"Cheers, Elena, Carl, Robyn, Brad, Zar and Madison the Dog."

Barossa Valley, SA

Region

Barossa Valley, SA

Just 60km northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regi ...
Just 60km northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. Warm and dry, it is renowned for producing the distinctive Barossa Shiraz, a full-bodied red with notes of chocolate and spice. The valleys and sloping hills create several temperature ranges. But in summer, take it from us: it's just plain hot. The soils range from clay and loam in the cooler areas to the classically South Australian sand and red-brown loam in the valleys. Irrigation is often required, but with water supply an increasing problem, many growers are practicing dryland farming, relying on what falls from the sky and clings from night fog. Coupl ... Read Full Article
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Elena Brooks

Winemaker

Elena Brooks

Dandelion, Sister’s Run, Heirloom Vineyards, Cien y Pico Elena originally hails fro ...
Dandelion, Sister’s Run, Heirloom Vineyards, Cien y Pico Elena originally hails from Lyaskovets, Bulgaria, a small town famous for its wine. She is a qualified winemaker, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide and has made wine for various Australian Wineries as well as being a consultant winemaker to a number of leading wine companies in Spain, Italy and Bulgaria. Born to a MIG Fighter Pilot and Helicopter Mechanic (both of whom happened to be involved in the wine industry in Lyaskovets), Elena's interest in winemaking stemmed from time spent translating for Australian Winemakers Stephen Bennet, David Norman, Dylan Rhymer, Kym Milne MW and others, who work ... Read Full Article
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Dandelion Vineyards

Winery

Dandelion Vineyards

Dandelion Vineyards make wines from the McLaren Vale, the Barossa, Eden Valley, Adelaide H ...
Dandelion Vineyards make wines from the McLaren Vale, the Barossa, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula. In addition to Elena Brooks being an exceptional winemaker, Dandelion work primarily with brilliant old vine resources, which they continue to acquire and improve as custodian. We love these wines and the critics do too. Dandelion was rated as a five star producer in its first year in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2011 (pretty much unheard of) and has improved that to five red stars, Halliday’s highest rating. “Elena is an exceptionally gifted winemaker”. Their first Sauvignon Blanc was awarded th ... Read Full Article
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Dandelion Vineyards
Dandelion Vineyards

Dandelion Vineyards make wines from the McLaren Vale, the Barossa, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

In addition to Elena Brooks being an exceptional winemaker, Dandelion work primarily with brilliant old vine resources, which they continue to acquire and improve as custodian. We love these wines and the critics do too.

Dandelion was rated as a five star producer in its first year in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2011 (pretty much unheard of) and has improved that to five red stars, Halliday’s highest rating. “Elena is an exceptionally gifted winemaker”. Their first Sauvignon Blanc was awarded the equal highest pointed Sauvignon Blanc in James Halliday’s Wine Companion. They were awarded equal highest pointed Rosé in 2012 and equal highest pointed Eden Valley Shiraz as well. The accolades kept coming; 2014 New York International Wine Comp Barossa Winery of the Year, 2015 Melbourne International Wine Competition

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Barossa Valley, SA
Barossa Valley, SA

Just 60km northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. Warm and dry, it is renowned for producing the distinctive Barossa Shiraz, a full-bodied red with notes of chocolate and spice. The valleys and sloping hills create several temperature ranges. But in summer, take it from us: it's just plain hot.

The soils range from clay and loam in the cooler areas to the classically South Australian sand and red-brown loam in the valleys. Irrigation is often required, but with water supply an increasing problem, many growers are practicing dryland farming, relying on what falls from the sky and clings from night fog. Couple this with the number of very old vines in the region (which produce limited quantities of grapes), and the result is fruit with deeply concentrated flavour which quickly ripen. A great foundation for some of the world's most acclaimed reds.

History

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Grenache Decision
Grenache Decision

The great all-rounder… The Christmas/New Year’s period brought all kinds of people to my place each craving a tipple… of course being the gracious host I found myself asking ‘what sort of red would you prefer?...’ on one occasion I didn’t think this through too well because all I had was two bottles of Hamilton Burtons Vineyard Grenache 2010… enter the inner rascal in me that thought it would be fun to put this wine through its paces… interesting exercise, here’s what happened… ‘… something fruity but not too heavy’ – verdict, ‘wow, what’s this? This is lovely’ Next ‘… something full bodied but not too tannic’ – verdict, ‘this is fantastic! What’s the grape variety?’ Finally ‘…anything as long as it’s not grenache’ – verdict, ‘you arsehole! This is Grenache!’ Conclusion…

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Christmas Wine Guide 2012
Christmas Wine Guide 2012

It’s always handy to have a guide to good drinking over the Christmas period. Here’s my pick for the best bots to crack this Chrissie.

Bird in Hand Sparkling It’s an unusual wine this one with enough fruit and sweetness to keep the occasional wino happy and enough quality fruit to shift curmudgeonly wine snob from miffed to mollified. Pleasures best on its own but suspect it would be all over the turkey if given a sniff. Most accommodating Sparkling. Dandelion Vineyards Rosé 2011 A delight from its light pink hue to its delicate, near dry ending. The fruit in this is sourced from an 85-year-old bush-grown Grenache vineyard. Unusually the wine was left to wild ferment and stored on a bed of dead yeast in old barrels for a bit. The result is a superb texture with pristine and bright Grenache flavours and a whip crack of acidity that made me stand up and pay attention. Sugar is very low at four
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Elena Brooks
Elena Brooks

Dandelion, Sister’s Run, Heirloom Vineyards, Cien y Pico

Elena originally hails from Lyaskovets, Bulgaria, a small town famous for its wine. She is a qualified winemaker, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide and has made wine for various Australian Wineries as well as being a consultant winemaker to a number of leading wine companies in Spain, Italy and Bulgaria.

Born to a MIG Fighter Pilot and Helicopter Mechanic (both of whom happened to be involved in the wine industry in Lyaskovets), Elena's interest in winemaking stemmed from time spent translating for Australian Winemakers Stephen Bennet, David Norman, Dylan Rhymer, Kym Milne MW and others, who worked at her mother's winery between '93 and '98.

With Stephen Bennet’s support and her family’s encouragement, Elena made the move to Australia and started studying winemaking at Adelaide University in 1998, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science (Oenology). (Elena’s mum was keen on this

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