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Dandelion Menagerie of the Barossa GSM 2017

Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $30.00
As the name suggests the varieties contained within fly well together. Loads of flavour, with sweet and savoury pushing each other on to greater heights. Anise, wood smoke, hay, red apple and black fruits. Should be excellent with braised suckling lamb.
Dandelion Menagerie of the Barossa GSM
Wine Specs
Region
Barossa Valley, SA
Vintage
2017
Winery
Dandelion
Winemaker
Elena Brooks
Bling
Trophy, 8 x Gold Medals, 95pts Decanter Wine Awards
Alcohol %
14.5
Size
750 mL
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Barossa Valley, SA

Region

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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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Winemaker

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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

Settled in numbers in 1841, land in the area was offered to

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