Dandelion Vineyards is a unique fusion of vine and vigneron representing decades of experience, blending the fruit of our heirloom vineyards with the finest traditions of artisan winemaking. Our wish is to nurture the unique character of these extremely old (X.O.) Pedro Ximinez 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 Ximinéz was first fortified by his family in 1944 and now averages 30 years of age. 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.
Stashed behind the Jaguar collection in Carl Lindner's shed is a PX solera dating from 1944. The only thing more unlikely is a bargain price for such a legendarily complex wine. Rating: 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine100
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. Rating: 96 Points; Winsor Dobbin, Wine of the Week, January 2013.
Zar Brooks can't decide whether it's ximenez (front label) or ximinez (back label). From a solera started in 1944, now an average age of 30 years. It has a strong, dark roasted nut bouquet, and an extremely luscious brandy snap, cumquat, nut and tea palate. This is seriously old material; 375 ml; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday
You never know what you might unearth in Carl Lindner's shed behind his Jaguar collection. How about a PX solera dating from 1944? For all of its age and monumental complexity, it's refreshingly vibrant, balanced and without any hint of cloying sweetness. Rating: 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste
One of the Barossa's greatest gifts is its unique collection of fortified port and sherry style wines. This 30 year old (average age) pedro ximinez is sensational, essentially an amontillado sherry with emerging nutty, caramel, apricot and raisin characters, bergamot and racy acidity remaining. Rating 5 stars Tony Love
Quality is superb, value for money, frankly, astounding. Do yourself a favour, I have! - Gavin