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BLOW ME
... and make a wish,"
said the Dandelion.

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First of all get your mind out of the gutter. I would never say such thing!

Little girls, and boys come out to play
Bring your dandelions to blow away
Dandelion don't tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

~ Mick Jagger

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Play ROLLING STONES Dandelion

This is one of my top-5 Stone's songs of all time. It's totally chill - almost nursery rhyme-like - and it always seems to bring me back to a less demanding time when there was little responsibility, less stress and being more care-free.

The only other thing that seems to make me feel the same way these days is a good glass of wine. I think I'm too ADHD for meditation... so just give me wine.

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I don't know if I was more inspired to work this Aussie wine promo by the lyrics of Jagger/Richards or by the beautiful art sculpture by Brian Bachman. Actually when I first saw Brian's Facebook post of his steel-welded Dandelion I made 2 phone calls: 1st one was to Brian to tell him I wanted to buy his piece, and the 2nd call was to Ryan Davis of Vine Street Imports asking him if he could bring in his lineup of Dandelion Wines from Australia for me to taste.

Magic happened.

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I haven't worked a wine promo featuring Aussie wines for a seriously long time. Ryan's wish came true when I placed my order... probably the most wine from Australia that I've bought in over 2 years.

Shrinkage...


I'm sure you've noticed our Australian section dwindle from over 60 selections three years ago, to less than 1 dozen thoughtfully chosen wines that the wine crew here at FranksWine deemed worthy.

Maybe you didn't notice. Or maybe you don't care.

I'm right there with you. The wines from Down Under have been pretty uninspiring lately. Not so much the wine, but the enthusiasm behind them.

And then I met Elena Brooks.

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A fusion of vineyards and vignerons, the wines of Dandelion Vineyards represent decades of experience and blend the fruit of old vine vineyards with the finest artisan winemaking by award-winning winemaker, Elena Brooks.

Don't think Aussie fruit-bombs... i.e. Yellow Tail crap!

Elena's wines are traditional, yet elegant expressions of fruit grown in some of the greatest vineyards in South Australia. She sources grapes to make all her wine from South Australia, specifically the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula and the sun-soaked region McLaren Vale.

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Elena originally hails from Lyaskovets, Bulgaria, a small town famous for its wine. She helped make a Jimmy Watson Trophy - Australia's prized award - winner in 2005, the winner of The Great Australian Shiraz Challenge the same year, won the trophy at Decanter World Wine Awards for best "Rhone style Red" in 2007 and made the Best Red Wine included in Italy's Gambero Rosso Guide in 2008. Elena also won trophies for Dandelion Vineyards in the winery's first two years of operation at the 2009 and 2010 Royal Brisbane wine show for best current vintage white and for the best small producer at the 2009 Barossa Wine Show. Other awards have followed every year since.

Yeah, she's pretty much a rock star.


Take a Drive to FranksWine on North Union Street on Saturday to taste this lineup - Ryan Davis will be pouring from 11am to 3pm. We'll have a selection of Cheeses, Charcuterie, Spreads, & Flatbreads from our DiBruno Bros section! The FranksWine crew will pouring the same lineup on Sunday from 12noon to 4pm!

COST? It's free... yup nada, we're cool like that.


FranksWine DANDY 10-pack Sampler!
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Dandelion 2011 Lionhart Shiraz
Regularly Priced at $29.99
$22.19 with 10-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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The Lionheart is Dandelion Vineyards old vine Barossa vineyard. These ancient, gnarled vines, many over a hundred years of age, are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.

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, Elena bottled her Lionheart vineyard without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the old vines. Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart is ready to drink and will reward cellaring and decanting. 380 cases produced.

Lifted blue fruits, purple plum, ripe blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark chocolate. Generous mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish.



Dandelion 2012 Managerie GSM
Regularly Priced at $29.99
$20.19 with 10-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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At the end of Dandelion's old vine garden path there is a historic Menagerie of three grape varieties, adjoining blocks of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro at Gomersal in the Barossa. After hand-picking selected bunches of the Menagerie field blend on the 9th of April winemaker Elena Brooks let the whole bunches ferment together in open top fermenters. The wine was hand plunged for 14 days before basket pressing into old French Oak barriques. The wine then matured for a further 12 months in the same oak, before bottling without fining or filtration to capture the essence of the vinous Menagerie of the Barossa.

Menagerie of the Barossa has a high level of natural acidity, and is bone dry, it is menage a trios that makes wine truly of its time and place, a wish come true and a looking glass, if you will, and although ready to drink immediately it will also reward cellaring and decanting. 290 cases produced.

The nose is a summer potpourri of lifted red fruits, berries and a hit of cinnamon and Asian spice. Wild cherries, Damson plums, mulberries and an impressive structure balanced by spicy oak. The palate is opulent; intense red berries balanced by soft velvety tannins and supple oak with great balance from the acid - a staple in Barossa Grenache.




Dandelion 2011 Lion's Tooth Shiraz/Riesling

Regularly Priced at $29.99
$20.19 with 10-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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Whole bunches from Dandelion's most distinctive Shiraz from Nat McMurtrie's Vineyard were hand harvested in the first week of March then and fermented on stalks in open fermenters on top of some Riesling skins for eleven days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into some new but predominantly older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation and enhance the wine's perfume and palate.

After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, Elena bottled this Lion's Tooth without filtration or fining. This wine is ready to drink but like the other 2 reds it will reward cellaring and decanting. 210 cases produced.

Deep red with hints of violet on the edges, indicating youth. Intriguing rose petals and a lift of red fruits, berries and a little lime marmalade from the co- fermentation with the aromatic Eden Valley Riesling. Wild cherries, blueberries, and mulberries and an impressive structure balanced by spicy oak. Opulent, intense red berries balanced by soft velvety tannins and supple oak, resulting in an intriguing finish derived from the unique co-fermented blend of Shiraz and Riesling... only one I've ever seen!



Dandelion 2012 Wonderland Riesling
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$14.79 with 10-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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Colin Kroehn tended his Eden Valley Riesling for 66 years. Wonderland of the Eden Valley is made entirely from his vineyard which was planted in 1912 and thrives to this day.

Whole bunches were hand picked on the 13th of March then destemmed in small batches without crushing the fruit. The free run juice was then fermented in small tanks... the wine has a high level of natural acidity and although bone dry, only 11.0% alcohol.

Like all of Ellen's wines this Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling was bottled directly without fining or filtration to capture the essence of the vineyard. It is ready to drink immediately or cellar for decades... YES decades! That's what acid can do to a wine. 310 cases produced.

The nose has a gemlike, pristine almost shimmering bursting scented bouquet of glittering, glimmering, glistening incandescence, with invigorating, intense smells of lime blossom. The palate has an extraordinary precise and clean fruit spectrum of lemon and other citrus fruit flavors, stone-fruit, including apricot as well as classic mandarin citrus on the mid palate, developing into rich lemon meringue tart-like flavor.

Dandelion 2014 Wishing Clock
Sauvignon Blanc

Regularly Priced at $24.99
$18.49 with 10-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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Whole bunches from Dandelion's most distinctive Sauvignon Blanc vineyard - Bill & Vicki Borchardt's, in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, atop Teakle's Hill, Woodside were hand selected and picked on the 3rd of March in the cool of early morning then destemmed in small batches without crushing the fruit.

The free run juice was then fermented in small stainless steel tanks. This Wishing Clock has a high level of natural acidity, and like the Riesling it's bone dry with alcohol of only 12%. It was bottled directly without fining with minimal filtration... drinks great now and will over the next few years. 400 cases produced.

Distinctive lifted fresh nose of Sauvignon fruit purity, outrageous lift of grapefruit mixed with fragrant gooseberries. A burst of fresh, radiant scents of fizzing limes lemongrass, Thai mint and lemon rind. The palate is three dimensional with high impact, mouth-filling pithy grapefruit juice and fresh layers of mineral like flavor in the middle palate before a long zesty citrus tinged 'juicy fruit' finish.

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