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I don’t drink a lot of dessert wines, but this is a wine steeped in history. It’s always a wine that’s near impossible not to enjoy!
The Pedro Ximenez variety is a rare sight in Australia these days, with most of the plantings being ripped out decades ago in favour of more mainstream varieties. Barossa Valley vigneron Carl Lindner’s family had the foresight to fortify this wine back in the 1940’s, and so it remains to this day under the Dandelion label.
I think Winsor Dobbin said it best in his 96 point review, “With vines averaging 30 years of age (and some much older) this is a wine of intensity and power, but at the same time full of charm: a James Bond wine, one might say.”
At 19% alcohol this isn’t your everyday quaffer, but if you like a warming dessert wine on a cool night then you can’t go past this. Absolutely delicious!
What It Tastes Like
Burnt caramel-coloured in the glass, with an exotic array of aromas including but not exclusive to fruit cake, butterscotch, toffee and raisins. The palate is unthinkably rich and luscious, with waves of prunes, biscuits and maple syrup and a nice line of acid underpinning it all. Pretty full on but so much to love!
96 points. “Legacy of the Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximénez. Many of the Pedro Ximénez vines in South Australia got ripped out years ago as fortified wines struggled to find a market. Thankfully, a few remain and the fruit that goes into this little beauty is grown in the family vineyards of Carl Lindner, one of the Dandelion partners. With vines averaging 30 years of age (and some much older) this is a wine of intensity and power, but at the same time full of charm: a James Bond wine, one might say. Burnt ochre in colour, it has a nose full of nutty goodness that leads on to a plate on which mixed nut, dark Christmas cake fruit, English toffee, marmalade and citrus peel notes are beautiful melded together. This is a deep, dark, mysterious wine; sweet, rich, rancio and complex. A little bottle of deliciousness. I don’t score, but if I did, I’d give this 96/100. “
- Winsor Dobbin (Wine of the Week_
93 points. “Pale reddish-brown; from a solera of pedro ximenez started in 1944 by the Lindner family; a lively, almost crisp, entry to the palate moves progressively through caramel, biscuit and toffee to a powerful, cleansing finish. 375ml.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Background Dandelion Vineyards is a unique fusion of vineyards and vignerons. Our wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of our old vine gardens with the finest traditions of artisinal winemaking.
Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time. Our wish is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express their terroir in our wines.
Capturing variety, vintage and vineyard requires an enlightened approach and although our growers see the Devil in every weed, we encourage 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 our wish come true.
Our wish is to nurture the unique character of these extremely old (X.O.) Pedro Ximénez wines, to capture them perfectly from barrel.
Our Legacy of the Barossa is vigneron and lifelong champion of old vines and fortified wines, Carl Lindner. Traditionally grown and vinified, the now rare Pedro Ximénez was first fortified by his family in 1944.
This wine is hand blended and bottled without fining or filtration and is best drunk within a week of opening, and we trust with a glass raised to Carl’s and his family’s foresight.
Colour Deep amber/ochre fading to a rusty orange and translucent fireside embers brown with and a olive rim.
Nose The bouquet immediately proclaims the age and class of the wine. Freshly toasted pecan nuts, figs, fresh cream toffee and creme brûlée with English breakfast tea, mandarin citrus peel and hints of maple syrup.
Palate Sweet and rich with an aged orange peel and honey marmalade middle with candied fruit, citrus and apricot. It has a drying finish thanks to the extremely complex and fresh rancio, and an almost electric, piercing intensity.
Drink With a zesty nose, three-dimensional and refreshing palate, this wine is delicious served moderately chilled as an aperitif.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 375ml
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
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