I cannot tell you how much I enjoy talking to the wine rep at my local LCBO. She’s never steered me wrong in the past with her wine suggestions, so when she ranted and raved about Dandelion Vineyards, I did not hesitate to pick up the last bottle of their Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2012.

On colour, the Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2012 holds a supple garnet hue.  On the nose,  some spice, cherry, light oak and blackberry are present. On the palate, a peppery vanilla and dark chocolate taste is noted along with plum and the returning cherry.

The handcrafted care in making this Shiraz is quite evident on the palate:

In the first week of March whole bunches of Shiraz were hand harvested, then gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into new (25%) and older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, we bottled our Lionheart vineyard without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of Carl’s vines


This wine retails at the LCBO for $19.95.

We gave this wine a score of 4.5 out of 5.