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Dandelion Vineyards

2021

‘Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley’

Riesling   |   Eden Valley - Australia

About

The “Enchanted Garden” was planted in 1910 and thrives to this day, a seven-acre Eden Valley Vine Garden lovingly tended by Sue and Stuart Woodman. Elena always knew this would be one of the most special vineyards in the Dandelion family and it was a relationship that Zar had with the Woodman’s to make this happen.

Whole bunches were hand-picked the first week of March then de-stemmed without crushing the fruit to fill the press exactly. Juice from the free run and pressings were separated then fermented in small tanks at a cool temperature, between 35º-55ºF for a long fermenation. The wine has a high level of natural acidity, 6.4 grams per liter, a pH of 3.49 and although bone dry, only 11% alcohol. The wine was bottled directly from tank without fining and with a very coarse filtration to capture the essence of the vineyard, a looking glass if you will, and is ready to drink immediately or cellar for decades.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Riesling
  • Vineyard: Woodman's Enchanted Garden Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 110-years-old
  • Soil Type: Quartz riddled clay-loam
  • Viticulture: Conventional
  • Fermentation: Inoculated – stainless-steel
  • Aging: 10 months in stainless steel
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Residual Sugar: 0.5 g/L
  • pH: 3.49
  • Total Acidity: 6.4 g/L
  • Total SO2: 116 ppm
  • Total Production: 750 cases
  • UPC: 9342160000744

Tasting Note

Pale, white-gold in color with engaging luminescence. The nose is fresh, with aromas of red apples (fruit and skin) and floral musk. The palate demands your attention. It is citric and succulent. Acid line and length act like train tracks along which glide mineral salts, slate, and fresh-running Alpine river water.

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