Lionheart Shiraz is aptly named after Barossa’s lifelong champion of old vines and Dandelion’s co-founder, Carl Lindner. These ancient, gnarled vines, many over a hundred years of age, are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet. The ‘God’s Hill Vineyard’ is also well named as it sits at 1,400 feet in elevation overlooking the Barossa Valley to the west. The 2021 vintage was exceptional with relatively good rainfall in autumn, and again towards the end of spring.
In the first week of April whole bunches of Shiraz were hand harvested, then gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into new (25%) and older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, the wine was bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of Carl’s vines.