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Dandelion 'Firehawk Farm' McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

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Stunningly intense McLaren Vale Shiraz with perfect integration of fruit, oak and acid. Closed on opening, this morphs into an absolute stunner as it breathes and is even better a day after opening. Our tasting panel gave it 94-95 when first opened. Coming back to it 24 hours later we were at 97s and 98s... incredibly rare. There is monumental intensity of fruit in this savoury/sweet complex beast bedecked with graphite, chocolate, coffee, earthiness and firm tannins. Is this McLaren Vales's best Shiraz?
Dandelion Firehawk Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz
Wine Specs
Region
McLaren Vale, SA
Vintage
2017
Winery
Dandelion
Winemaker
Elena Brooks
Bling
Gold Medal
Alcohol %
14
Size
750 mL
"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."
McLaren Vale, SA

Region

McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowne ...
Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling. The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill ... Read Full Article
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Shiraz

Variety

Shiraz

Shiraz (which is essentially Syrah) is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and ...
Shiraz (which is essentially Syrah) is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines. Wines made from Syrah are often powerfully flavoured and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor notes, depending on the climate and soils where it is grown, as well as other viticultural practices chosen. Aroma characters can range from violets to berries (usually dark as opposed to red), chocolate, espresso and black pepper. No one aroma can be called "typical" though blackberry and pepper are often noticed. With time in the bottle these "primary" notes are moderated and then supplemente ... 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

Region: South AustraliaProprieter: Elena and Zar BrooksWinemaker: Elena BrooksEstablished: ...
Region: South AustraliaProprieter: Elena and Zar BrooksWinemaker: Elena BrooksEstablished: 2011Address:PO Box 138McLaren ValeSouth Australia, 5171 Dandelion Vineyards, the love child of Elena and Zar Brooks, was rated as a Five Star producer in its first year in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2011 and again in 2012. “Elena is not only the beautiful wife of industry dilettante Zar Brooks, but also an exceptionally gifted winemaker”. And was listed amongst the Best New Producers in 2011 and 2012 and awarded the equal highest pointed Sauvignon Blanc in the Guide, equal highest pointed Rose in 2012 and equal highest pointed ... Read Full Article
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Dandelion Vineyards
Dandelion Vineyards

Region: South Australia
Proprieter: Elena and Zar Brooks
Winemaker: Elena Brooks
Established: 2011
Address:
PO Box 138
McLaren Vale
South Australia, 5171

Dandelion Vineyards, the love child of Elena and Zar Brooks, was rated as a Five Star producer in its first year in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2011 and again in 2012. “Elena is not only the beautiful wife of industry dilettante Zar Brooks, but also an exceptionally gifted winemaker”. And was listed amongst the Best New Producers in 2011 and 2012 and awarded the equal highest pointed Sauvignon Blanc in the Guide, equal highest pointed Rose in 2012 and equal highest pointed Eden Valley Shiraz as well. Indeed, 20 of the 21 of Elena’s wines reviewed by James Halliday have received more than 90 points. (The miss a most respectable 89/100) and an unprecedented four wines

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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

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Shiraz
Shiraz

Shiraz (which is essentially Syrah) is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines.

Wines made from Syrah are often powerfully flavoured and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor notes, depending on the climate and soils where it is grown, as well as other viticultural practices chosen. Aroma characters can range from violets to berries (usually dark as opposed to red), chocolate, espresso and black pepper. No one aroma can be called "typical" though blackberry and pepper are often noticed. With time in the bottle these "primary" notes are moderated and then supplemented with earthy or savory "tertiary" notes such as leather and truffle.

"Secondary" flavor and aroma notes are those associated with several things, generally winemakers' practices (such as oak barrel and yeast regimes).

History

It is called Syrah in its country of origin, France, as well as in the rest of

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McLaren Vale, SA
McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling.

The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill Range to the south. Soil type is varied, ranging from red-brown loam and sand to dark clay and the often-mentioned terra rosa. A misspell of the Italian phrase "terra rossa" (meaning "red soil"), this ruddy-red stuff is left behind when limestone breaks down, and any viticulturist will tell you it's great stuff to grow vines in due

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