Dandelion Vineyards, Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2012
This wine: varietal shiraz from centenarian vines, open fermented with wild yeasts, then aged for 18 months in 25% new French oak, unfined and unfiltered; screw cap closure, 14.5% abv, 375ml, Delilah Fine Foods, £8 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: rich toasty blackcurrant, black cherry and oaky spice, with a red fruit lift, well structured with smooth ripe unassertive tannins, more black fruits and liquorice on the full-bodied palate, then onto a long black fruit length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come: meaty, toasty, bit smoky, lifted blackcurrant and over-ripe black cherry, stewed red plum, spicy, creamy coconut, vanilla, smoke, dark chocolate, dried red pepper, liquorice, black pepper.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained well-integrated medium tannins, high alcohol with a full body, medium (+) intensity, a creamy texture, with flavours of blackcurrant and cherry boiled sweets, sweet black plum, touch of red plum, liquorice, and a touch of dark chocolate and spice. A long length with a clean fresh yet rich black fruit finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, acidity handling the high alcohol and concentration of flavour; well integrated tannins, quite complex with evidence of oak in smoky and spicy notes along with a tertiary dimension of chocolate, meat (faded at 10 minutes) and dried pepper. Quite concentrated, following into a long rich length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, but has potential for aging, over say another 2-4 years. Shows a solid acid-tannin structure, good concentration, complexity and fruit to work on.