Dandelion Vineyards defies normal description, it is perhaps Australia’s most quixotic fusion of vineyard and vigneron. Every bottle signs off with “Wish you were here...” Every wine is sourced from a single site. Founder, owner, winemaker - Elena Brooks - is a polymath and perfectionist on a lifelong vinous treasure hunt, following the inspiration of the Dandelion Flower’s Wishing Clock.
Whole bunches from our best Chardonnay Vineyard in the heart of the Adelaide Hills were hand picked in late March, in the twilight.
Aromaticity leads, faintly underscored by the new and older French oak used in maturation. Green apple fruit flavours, stone fruits, lychee (fresh) and a water chestnut on the nose. The palate is dry and yet soft, with an acidic backbone nailing it firmly to the chardonnay phylum chordata. The stone fruits return, along with a hint of exotica, such as guava. There is good grip and texture, yet also some steeliness and minerality.
Ripe aromas of melon, white peach, white flowers, vanilla and cream. Tight, fine and structured on the palate, the acidity provides plenty of cut and there's a complexing phenolic grip. There's a lovely array of flavours: nectarine, grapefruit and melon skin and a nutty oakiness. There's layers here, will benefit from some cellar time and would be spot on with food. Rating: 92 Points; Real Review
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