DANDELION MENAGERIE GRENACHE / SHIRAZ / MATARÓ 2016

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DANDELION MENAGERIE GRENACHE / SHIRAZ / MATARÓ 2016 is available to buy in increments of 1

80% Grenache, 15% Shiraz & 5% Mataro


Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"At the end of our old vine garden path there is a historic Menagerie of three grape varieties, adjoining blocks of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro at Gomersal in the Barossa. After hand-picking selected bunches of our Menagerie field blend in mid March our winemaker Elena Brooks let the whole bunches ferment together in open top fermenters with ambient or other people's yeasts. The wine was hand plunged for 14 days, before basket pressing into old French Oak barriques, to then mature for a further 12 months in the same oak, before bottling without fining or filtration to capture the essence of our vinous Menagerie of the Barossa.

This vintage of our Menagerie of the Barossa has a high level of natural acidity, and is bone dry, it is m̩énage a trois that makes wine truly of its time and place, a wish come true and a looking glass, if you will, and although ready to drink immediately it will also reward cellaring and decanting.

The nose is a summer pudding of lifted red fruits, berries and a hit of cinnamon and Asian spice. Wild cherries, Damson plums, mulberries and an impressive structure balanced by spicy oak. The palate is opulent; intense red berries balanced by soft velvety tannins and supple oak with great balance from the acid reknown in Barossa Grenache."


4 Stars & 17.5+/20 Raymond Chan, June 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Very dark, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with well-packed aromas of dark raspberries and blackberry fruit with an amalgam of black pepper and dark herbs, unfolding a little earth and mineral note. Full-bodied, the palate has sweetly ripe fruit flavours of dark raspberries, blackberries and dark herbs at the core, unfolding some black cherry liqueur elements. The fruit is guided by a fine-textured tannin line with subtle acid liveliness providing good energy. The concentrated core carries to a lingering finish of dark raspberries, black and red liquorice and herbs. This is a sweetly ripe GSM blend with dark raspberry, blackberry and herb flavours on a fine-textured palate. Match with barbecued and roasted game meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years. A blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Shiraz and 5% Mataro from the ‘Gomersal’ vineyard in the Barossa, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak barriques. Winemaker: Elena Brooks."


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