Dandelion Vineyards Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling 2022
Dandelion Vineyards Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling
Dandelion Vineyards Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley comes from a fusion of vineyards and vignerons working with old vineyards and artisan winemaking. Zar Brooks and his winemaker wife Elena have teamed up with vignerons Brad Rey and Carl Lindner to produce a range of wines from their favourite vineyards in key regions in South Australia.
Their aim is to nurture the character of the vineyards and express the terroir in the wines. As James Halliday states in his 2011 Australian Wine Companion, "It may be a dauntingly competitive marketplace, but there can be few more promising new ventures than this one".
Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time, encouraging the humble Dandelion amongst the vines as they suppress winter weeds, provide mulch in summer, and proffer their Wishing Clocks in spring to blow off and make the Dandelion wish come true. 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.
For Dandelion Vineyards Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley whole bunches were hand picked on the 17th of March then de-stemmed without crushing the fruit to fill the press exactly. Juice from the free run and pressings were separated and fermented in small tanks between 11 and 13°C. The wine was bottled directly with minimal fining and filtration.
The appearance of this Riesling foretells the pristine and unalloyed quality of its fruit. Classic aromatics of citrus zest, lemon foliage and hints of dragon fruit flowers are etched by a clear steely minerality. This is an attractively textural wine displaying the variety's intense purity. Bone dry, its structure and length is underpinned by austere acidity.