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Dandelion Vineyards

2019

‘Menagerie of the Barossa’

Grenache - Shiraz - Mataró   |   Barossa Valley - Australia

About

At the end of Zar & Elena’s old vine garden path there is a historic ‘Menagerie’ of three grape varieties, adjoining blocks of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataró at Gomersal in the Barossa. These three grapes have been blended together for much longer than the first vines found their way to Australia, but the Barossa has really become a de facto new-world home for this trinity. The cool night of the Barossa really pull back the reins on the power and intensity that comes with the hot growing days. This vineyard in particular truly shines with elegance and purity as seen across multiple vintages.

After hand picking selected bunches of the Menagerie field blend in mid-March, Elena let the whole bunches ferment together in open top fermenters with ambient yeasts for 14 days, before basket pressing in old French Oak barriques. The wine was then matured for a further 12 months in the same oak, before bottling without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.

Stats

  • Grapes: 70% Grenache - 25% Shiraz - 5% Mataró
  • Vineyard: Single site in Gomersal
  • Vine Age: Average: 47-years-old
  • Soil Type: Red clay over limestone & ironstone
  • Viticulture: Sustainable
  • Fermentation: Native – 100% whole-cluster in stainless steel
  • Skin Contact: 14 days
  • Aging: 12 months in seasoned French barriques
  • pH: 3.65
  • Total Acidity: 5.9 g/L
  • Total SO2: 75 ppm
  • Total Production: 4,500 cases

Tasting Note

Hewn of fruit from abutting blocks and loosely, thus, a field blend. Delicious. Kirsch and smoked meat notes are corralled by some spicy whole-bunch revelry. The finish is long, sappy and nicely pliant. The oak a pillar of support, giving direction.

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