Dandelion Vineyard, `Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley` Riesling 2018
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Citrus zest, lemon foliage and hints of dragon fruit flowers are etched by a clear steely minerality. Bone dry, its structure and length is underpinned by austere acidity.
Winemaker Elena Brooks’ introduction to wine came from her native Bulgaria through her mother, who worked for a local winery doing communications and PR. It wasn’t long before Elena was also helping out at the winery, and due to her knowledge of English, she was able to converse with the Australian winemakers who would fly in to make the wines to order. Elena was then employed as an interpreter in the winery, soon enough gaining a broad knowledge of winemaking and its vast terminology, allowing her to make her own chardonnay. Already sure of what she wanted to do after high school, Elena moved to South Australia in order to study at the University of Adelaide, one of the world’s best winemaking schools. Whilst studying and working vintages in Australia, Elena met Zatr Brooks, who was heavily involved in wine sales and marketing for such brands as d’Arenberg and Wirra Wirra. After completing her studies, Elena worked for Geoff Merrill and Maxwell Wines, before starting her own winemaking company at age 23. In 2007, Dandelion Vineyards was born as a partnership between Peggy and Carl Lindner, Fiona and Brad Rey, and Zar and herself.
Elena is fascinated and motivated by the idea of ‘right grape, right place’- that certain varieties are better suited to specific areas, allowing the wines to better show their character and terroir. Dandelion sources grapes from five regions within South Australia: Adelaide Hills, a cool-climate region with a diverse climate; Barossa Valley, the home of powerful shiraz; Eden Valley, where some of the world’s oldest shiraz and riesling vineyards exist; Fleurieu Peninsula, full of undulating hills; and McLaren Vale, the birthplace of wine in South Australia. As expected, the wines from these regions show much variation in character. The flagship wine, Red Queen of the Eden Valley, is sourced from a premium vineyard planted in 1912, and it has
A behemoth of a state, South Australia is responsible for over 50% of Australia’s wine production. With the first known planting here taking place in 1836, local vintners have had time to truly perfect their art. In fact, SA is also home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines on the planet, with around 38% of SA’s old vines being Shiraz.
Such a large area means that the terrain, climate and soil profiles vary immensely between regions, allowing for a vast array of varieties to thrive. Some of South Australia’s premier wine regions include; Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide hills. Such a collection of prime wine regions has earned South Australia the grand title of Australia’s Wine Capital. But it doesn’t stop there, the prowess of SA wine producers mixed with fantastic growing conditions has garnered the state the privilege of being dubbed one of the 9 Great Wine Capitals of the World.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Europe was ravaged by an outbreak of Phylloxera, an aphid that injects a venom into the root of the vine while sucking out sap. The effect of the outbreak vastly influenced the global market. For example, France’s wine output decreased by over 40%, with the whole ordeal costing the country over 10 billion francs. Luckily for all, the grand ‘down-under’ remained a wine wonder, as the blight couldn’t take flight and reach the far away lands.