Shiraz Strathbogie Victoria
The Fowles family have been at the centre of Victoria's commerce and development since early settlement. Founders of Bendigo Bank and Fowles Auction Group, they also established the first Victorian winery ever to win Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. The Fowles brand have continued to deliver with the most celebrated editions and memorable vintages, drawing fruit from the pick of their Strathbogie vineyards to be aged in the luxury of completely new oak, the first choice for service alongside flavourful game recipes, suckling pork or lamb.
Fowles Wine own and operate a substantial acreage of vines in the Strathbogie Ranges, their two splendid estate vineyards, Billi and Upton Run, are source of the most decorated wines in the land. Shiraz is harvested March to April and vinified in an impressive suite of sweep arm fermenters at 26˚C, to enhance colour and preserve the incredible fruit flavours, while extracting optimal tannins. Three different strains of yeast contribute unique characters and infuse layers of complexity. Upon completion, batches are filled to an extravagant selection of new French and American oak barrels for a year's maturion. A judicious dash of Dookie grown Viognier adds a beguiling apricot perfume lift.
Youthful red colour, purple hues. Aromas of plum, black and green pepper, graphite, apricots, rose petal and subtle oak. The palate is elegantly structured and brilliantly balanced, layers of ripe plum, chocolate and spice, over a length of meaty, velvet tannins, supported by the juicy turkish delights of Viognier and lightly fragrant, tobacco carob oak.