Dandelion Vineyards "Honeypot of the Barossa" 2018
Roussanne｜Barossa Valley, Australia
Elena Brooks is the mind behind Dandelion Vineyards, working with premier old-vine vineyards from South Australia. From the Eden Valley to Barossa, she makes pure, highly expressive wines that range from aperitif-fresh Roussanne to heady, concentrated Shiraz and everything in between. Originally from Bulgaria, she worked across Europe before founding Dandelion Vineyards, staying true to her motto "the truth is in the vineyard and the proof is in the bottle.”
Roussanne has a reputation for faltering in warmer climates, becoming overly rich and fat, which is why it tends to excel in cooler areas such as the Rhône, whose Mediterranean temps are tempered by fierce winds blowing in from the ocean.
Dandelion's "Honeypot of the Barossa" Roussanne is so lithe and fresh – it walks the tightrope of vibrancy and tropical fruit richness, undergirded by taut, pungent zestiness and a kiss of Aussie sunshine. Honeysuckle, gardenia, guava, and peach liqueur round out the dry, zesty finish.
For those who track points, they're a darling of the critics and yes, they consistently score in the 90s. Bottom line: a fantastic juicy white with bright acidity for those who want to break out of the box. If you love Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, or Chablis, this is the juice for you.