Dandelion Vineyards triumph at SWA 2020

Further to the medals announced earlier in May (details below), we are delighted that the Sommelier Wine Awards has named Dandelion Vineyards as their ‘New World Producer of the Year’, the first Australian wine producer to achieve this prestigious title.

The hugely talented Elena Brooks, owner and winemaker at Dandelion Vineyards, makes wines from Eden Valley, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills “with freshness, strong aromatics and bright acidity, to be enjoyed with food. Using traditional varieties, for modern palates.

In total, two wines from our portfolio received trophies, and twenty were awarded gold medals, including two for Dandelion Vineyards*. The 2017 ‘Red Queen of Eden Valley’ Shiraz, which comes from the 108 year-old Kroehn's vineyard, with judge Harry Crowther (Grape Times UK) describing its “lovely aromatics and velvety texture, with a touch of hot paprika some green flashes, and great acidity”. The judges also praised the intensity and balance of the 2018 ‘Pride of Fleurieu’ Cabernet Sauvignon: A meaty, savoury wine with really deep black fruits and black pepper spice” said Laura Rhys MS, team leader, while Tanguy Martin (Blandford Comptoir) described itsintense, deep nose of dark berries and blackberries, with hints of eucalyptus and mint showing nicely. The texture is soft, inviting and approachable, with overall good balance.”

We look forward to enjoying these wines in our favourite restaurants and bars in the near future. We raise a toast to the team at Imbibe for publishing the results and to the sommeliers and buyers who helped with the judging.

Congratulations to all the winning wines! If you would like any more information on these wines, please contact your sales representative.


Trophy Winners

Pieropan, `La Rocca` Soave Classico, 2017 - By The Glass Trophy

Curatolo Arini , Zibibbo, 2018 - Food Match Trophy

Gold Medal Winners

Pieropan, `La Rocca` Soave Classico, 2017

Curatolo Arini , Zibibbo, 2018

Dandelion Vineyards, `Pride of the Fleurieu` Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 (Available in October)

Capezzana, Ugo Contini Bonacossi, 2016 (Available later in 2020)

Poggio al Tesoro, `Il Seggio` Bolgheri, 2017

Franz Haas, Manna, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, 2018 (Available later in 2020)

Alpha Zeta, `A` Amarone della Valpolicella, 2016

Alpha Zeta, `Terrapieno` Pinot Grigio, 2019

Mandrarossa, Mandrarossa, Viognier, 2019 (Available later in 2020)

Justino's Madeira, 10-Year-Old Malvasia, NV

Amalaya, Malbec, 2019 (Available in November)

Kaiken Ultra, Mendoza Malbec, 2018

Azamor, Vinho Regional Alentejano Tinto, 2016

Valdespino, Oloroso `Solera 1842` VOS, NV

Contero, Moscato d'Asti di Strevi, 2019

Piper-Heidsieck, Rosé Sauvage, NV

Contero, Brachetto d'Acqui, 2019

Dandelion Vineyards, Red Queen of the Eden Valley, Shiraz, 2017 (Available in October)

Shaw + Smith, `Balhannah Vineyard` Adelaide Hills Shiraz, 2016

Trinity Hill, Gimblett Gravels Syrah, 2018


The Sommelier Wine Awards is Britain's only on-trade wine competition with all wines tasted blind and awarded accolades based on food-friendliness, versatility, typicity, personality and value for money. Judges for the awards are a mix of sommeliers and buyers who are currently working for restaurants and hotels. For more information on the Sommelier Wine Awards, please visit the competition website.


*Dandelion Vineyards also won a further two medals for wines not currently available in the UK, ‘Firehawk’ Shiraz 2017 and ‘Lion’s Roar of Barossa’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2018