Dandelion Vineyards Lion's Tooth Shiraz Riesling 2017 - Argonaut Wine & Liquor

Dandelion Vineyards Lion's Tooth Shiraz Riesling 2017

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Dandelion Vineyards Lion's Tooth Shiraz Riesling 2017
$19.99
$18.99

SKU 70301

750ml

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Dark and hazily alive; purple-garnet with ruby flashes in its youthful first-flush, as if with hooves and wings it wants to take you to the spring of Hippocrene. Ripe, Dwarf Satsuma plum aromatics with a clove-like depth. There are hints of a just-served Christmas Cake, of subtly cured olives, of bay bay leaf stripped straight from the laurel tree, white pepper and nutmeg, with lavender and those more hardy fresh herbs; finally a parting whiff of young Emmental. As befitting - or perhaps even beholden - to its Dwarf Satsuma plum aromatics there is, at first taste, a sweet and sour (or agrodolce) fruit flavour dominating the front palate. And then - BANG - enters the steel! With riesling making up 5% of this wine there is now a searing line of acidity that drives all the subsequent flavours. It is the perfect counterbalance to the compact core of concentrated black fruits that is always McLaren Vale shiraz. Deep and rich McLaren Vale shiraz on a Winter Solstice night, combined perfectly in happenstance with a full blood moon and a King tide. Pairs well with southern Chinese cuisine: things that crawl and swim and grow and sprout either steamed or wok-fried, but not deep-fried. XO sauce with big noodles. Sticky rice. Braised duck. Blackened fish. With this wine by your side do not be afraid.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale
Brand Dandelion Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine AdvocateShiraz-Riesling? If Viognier works, why not Riesling? The 2017 Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling blends Shiraz with Eden Valley Riesling skins, resulting in a peppery, berry-laden, mouthwatering wine that sells for a song. It's medium to full-bodied, with crunchy, fresh fruit character, ripe but firm tannins and a crisp finish.

Joe Czerwinski, January 2019

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