Dandelion Vineyards is the venture of self-titled ‘typist’ Zar Brooks, his winemaking wife Elena and growers Carl Lindner and Brad Rey, with wines made from the Barossa and Eden Valley. The approach is remarkably simple and sees Elena making wine from a suite of beautiful old vineyards identified by Carl Lindner and Brad Rey across that blessed curve that runs from the Barossa, up through the Eden Valley.
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, a seven acre Eden Valley Vine Garden lovingly tended by Sue and Stuart Woodman.
This corner of South Australia, just to the north of Adelaide, has earnt itself quite a reputation for viciously acidic, bone dry Riesling. Glorious textural wine displaying the variety’s intense purity. Its structure and length is underpinned by citrus zest, lemon foliage and hints of dragon fruit flowers are etched by a clear steely minerality.
James Halliday Wine Companion 2020 – 95 PointsAdditional informations (PDF)