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Dandelion Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2013

Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $30.00
This intense offering features citrus and bath powder aromatics (swoon) and a pebbly mineral/citrus pallet. Enjoy as an aperitif or with seafood. The vineyard is 100 years old and the wine will cellar for 10 but that would require more discipline than we have.
Dandelion Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling
Wine Specs
Variety
Riesling
Region
Eden Valley, SA
Vintage
2013
Winery
Dandelion
Winemaker
Elena Brooks
Body
Light
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now - 2025
Bling
92pts James Halliday, 2 x Gold Medals
Alcohol %
12.5
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
Organic
No
Vegan Friendly
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."

Eden Valley, SA

Region

Eden Valley, SA

Adjacent to the eastern edge of the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley is not actually a valley. ...
Adjacent to the eastern edge of the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley is not actually a valley. Allegedly, early settlers found the word "Eden" scratched into a tree and named the town Eden Valley. What we do know is that it produces fantastic riesling and chardonnay, having a cooler, higher-altitude climate than the Barossa. Reds of great merit come from here as well, with producers like Henschke dazzling tasters worldwide. Soil is dry and sandy, laying across windswept hills. A bit of a challenge for growers, with vineyards scattered throughout the region to take advantage of winter rainfall and the cooler temperatures. Altitude is 400-600 metres above ... Read Full Article
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Riesling

Variety

Riesling

Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Rieslin ...
Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. As of 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world's 20th most grown variety at 48,700 hectares (120,000 acres) with an increasing trend. In terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the "top three" white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir ... 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.   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.

 

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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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Comparative Tasting - You be the Judge!
Comparative Tasting - You be the Judge!

We Wine Directies have done a bit of wine judging in our time. And writing, for wine mags and others. We love it. The downside - we reckon it's high volume, high pressure and usually conducted in a sterile environment. The emphasis is often on concentration and notation than relaxing and regaling. Because of this, big, oaky, tannic wines tend to dominate subtler (and sometimes better) wines. You can end up ignoring the stunner while eyeing off the blocky 'roid ragers. Much better to judge similar wines at home, with a good feed, company, and enough time to watch the wine open up and say g'day. Check out the following video of Philip White talking about the Mountadam and Dandy Rieslings:

Chuck in some comfy chairs, good grub and swap the winery shed for a lounge room and there’s a natural shift from genuine intellectual appreciation to ahhhh. Thats how

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Riesling
Riesling

Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. As of 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world's 20th most grown variety at 48,700 hectares (120,000 acres) with an increasing trend.

In terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the "top three" white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin.

In Australia

In 1838 William Macarthur planted Riesling vines near Penrith in New South Wales. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay greatly increased

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Eden Valley, SA
Eden Valley, SA

Adjacent to the eastern edge of the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley is not actually a valley. Allegedly, early settlers found the word "Eden" scratched into a tree and named the town Eden Valley. What we do know is that it produces fantastic riesling and chardonnay, having a cooler, higher-altitude climate than the Barossa. Reds of great merit come from here as well, with producers like Henschke dazzling tasters worldwide. Soil is dry and sandy, laying across windswept hills. A bit of a challenge for growers, with vineyards scattered throughout the region to take advantage of winter rainfall and the cooler temperatures. Altitude is 400-600 metres above sea level, providing cool nights and long warm days for growing season. Perfect for thin-skinned whites like rieslings, which benefit from lots of sunshine and cooler nights, but are susceptible to mould if the ground is damp at harvest time.

History

The township was founded in 1864 by William Lillecrapp (no snickering back there!).
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