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"Superbly rich & sumptuous" Wine Orbit

"Powerfully expressed yet graceful & velvety, offering terrific concentration" Wine Orbit

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Dandelion Lioness of McLaren Vale Shiraz 2019 (Australia)

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Elsewhere $32.99 $28.69
12 Btls, $323.88 12 Btls, $281.63
Awarded Trophy Awarded Double Gold Medal Awarded Double Gold Medal Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 5 Stars Black Market 5 Stars Awarded 95/100 Points Awarded 94/100 Points
Dandelion Lioness of McLaren Vale Shiraz 2019 (Australia)

Dandelion Lioness of McLaren Vale Shiraz 2019 (Australia)

Member rating / 1
Superbly rich & sumptuous
Elsewhere $32.99 $28.69
12 Btls, $323.88 12 Btls, $281.63


Awarded Trophy & Double Gold Medal

New Zealand International Wine Show

Awarded Double Gold Medal

China Wine & Spirits Awards

Awarded 95/100 Points & 5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Nov 2020

Awarded 94/100 Points & 5 Stars

Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews, Dec 2020


  • French oak
  • Mulberry & plum
  • Warm spice & cocoa
  • Velvety & plush

"Superbly rich and sumptuous, the wine shows black/blueberry, vanillin oak, warm spice and floral aromas on the nose with a light dusting of cocoa. It’s powerfully expressed yet graceful and velvety, offering terrific concentration and plush texture, making it delicious and immensely appealing. At its best: now to 2034" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Nov 2020

"Deep, inky-purple with little transparency, lighter edged. The nose is full, well-packed with intense aromas of plums, blackberry jam, melded with eucalyptus, pine and black peppercorn. Full-bodied, a sense of dryness on the palate underlying alcohol power; aromas of mulberries, plums has an elegant core, unfolding blueberry liqueur, pine and violet, along with black peppercorn, nutmeg and cinnamon nuances lend a sustained dry finish. They gently extracted fine-grained tannin integrated with the fruit and providing structure; acid balance is on point. Notes of pine and eucalyptus broaden the dimension of flavour profile and added interest. Although the alcohol is high, the wine has immense balance. This is a full-bodied blue-shades-fruited Shiraz with fine details of spices and pine on a fine-grained structure. Match with herb-crusted lamb chops over the next 5+ years. Handpicked, whole bunch fermented with ambient yeasts to 14.5% alc. Aged in new and older French oak for 18 months. Unfined, unfiltered" Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews, Dec 2020

Deep and bright purple with ozone blue and pink rim-edge highlights. Aromatics and bouquet are here beautifully and inseparably combined: white chocolate and fresh lavender buds; cooking spices such as black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon; then comes fresh rosemary and fresh laurel leaves and browned meat juices; finally zephyrs of rose petal, nougat and violets. Pure shiraz underpinned by a nuance of fine oak. Bright red berries at dawn spark a burst of fruit before being quickly brought to heel by a long, clear line of natural acidity. Fine tannins boulevardier all the way from the first sip to palate’s end, and in a way that is noticeable rather than ostentatious. Aniseed and blueberry play off mulberry and plums. As is the wine’s nose, the palate is balanced to within a Troy ounce of impossible perfection.

The Lioness of McLaren Vale is sourced from the foothills of McLaren Vale. Here mature Shiraz vines ‘populate or perish’ in the ironstone pebble laden clay loam, over ancient Kurrajong Formation geology, a silica cemented conglomerate most suited to grow Shiraz.

After hand picking whole bunches of our Lioness of McLaren Vale in the first week of March the winemaker Elena Brooks let the whole bunches ferment together in open top fermenters with ambient yeasts and hand plunging for 12 days, before basket pressing into some new but predominately older French Oak barriques, to the mature for a further 18 months in the same oak, before bottling without fining or filtration to capture the essence of the vineyard. Although ready to drink the Lioness of McLaren Vale will also reward cellaring and decanting.

Dandelion Vineyards is a unique fusion of vineyards and vignerons. These wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of the old vine gardens with the finest traditions of artisan winemaking. Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time. The winemakers wish is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express their terroir in these wines. 






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