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Dandelion Pride of the Fleurieu Peninsula Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $30.00
Ripper Cab here, chokkers with violet, chocolate and a hint of a mean, green streak just below the surface… well worth decanting if you are going to drink now and will cellar for 10 years, no worries.
Dandelion Pride of the Fleurieu Peninsula Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Specs
Region
Southern Fleurieu, SA
Vintage
2014
Winery
Dandelion
Winemaker
Elena Brooks
Bling
2 x Gold Medals, Trophy
Alcohol %
14.5
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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Southern Fleurieu, SA

Region

Southern Fleurieu, SA

A trot down the road from McLaren Vale, the Southern Fleurieu is a relative newcomer as a ...
A trot down the road from McLaren Vale, the Southern Fleurieu is a relative newcomer as a wine region. Keep in mind we're comparing to some of the old regions in South Australia – vines were planted here as early as 1853, and it wasn't until bushfires in the late 19th century that most were wiped out. it is re-emerging as a great region, with a fantastic Mediterranean climate and great soil. Like The Vale, complexity and elegance feature in its wines. History Buxton Laurie is the first bloke on record for planting vines in the region (1853, Port Elliot). 4000 vines were producing 1,500 gallons of wine every year until the bushfires hit and ... Read Full Article
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is unmistakably one of the world's most recognised red wine varieties. ...
Cabernet Sauvignon is unmistakably one of the world's most recognised red wine varieties. It is produced in most major wine growing regions across the world, from the banks of the Gironde in France to Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, to the valleys of California where it overtook the Zinfandel variety on it's rise to glory. Since the late 1800s Australia has definitely proven itself in the world of the humble 'Cab Sauv'. Speaking locally, I turn the page on my desk copy of Halliday's 'Wine Atlas of Australia & New Zealand', to read: 'Whichever yardstick one adopts, Coonawarra produces most of Australia's great Cabernet Sauvignon.' Proud Parents Cabern ... 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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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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Southern Fleurieu, SA
Southern Fleurieu, SA

A trot down the road from McLaren Vale, the Southern Fleurieu is a relative newcomer as a wine region. Keep in mind we're comparing to some of the old regions in South Australia – vines were planted here as early as 1853, and it wasn't until bushfires in the late 19th century that most were wiped out. it is re-emerging as a great region, with a fantastic Mediterranean climate and great soil. Like The Vale, complexity and elegance feature in its wines.

History

Buxton Laurie is the first bloke on record for planting vines in the region (1853, Port Elliot). 4000 vines were producing 1,500 gallons of wine every year until the bushfires hit and destroyed the vines. Today, wineries and vineyards are active in several areas – Currency Creek, Kangaroo Island and the notable Langhorne Creek. Grenache, Viognier and Pinot Gris are starting to pop up amongst the familiar Aussie reds and whites grown in the region, showcasing the wide variety of climates and

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Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is unmistakably one of the world's most recognised red wine varieties. It is produced in most major wine growing regions across the world, from the banks of the Gironde in France to Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, to the valleys of California where it overtook the Zinfandel variety on it's rise to glory. Since the late 1800s Australia has definitely proven itself in the world of the humble 'Cab Sauv'. Speaking locally, I turn the page on my desk copy of Halliday's 'Wine Atlas of Australia & New Zealand', to read: 'Whichever yardstick one adopts, Coonawarra produces most of Australia's great Cabernet Sauvignon.'

Proud Parents

Cabernet Sauvignon was born in the 17th century in an accidental parenting mix-up and is the spawn of a Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc entanglement which occurred in south western France. (Which reminds of a joke where a Chihuahua and a Pug walked out a bar one day..) Immediately its popularity amongst
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