Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot McLaren Vale South Australia
Certain grape varieties are naturally suited to particular climes whence they can create superior wine, it's simply second nature. Is there any mix of grapes in the world of wine that can replace the affinity between Cabernet, Shiraz and Merlot? Likely not. It's up to the devoted growers of Dowie Doole to bring together the most suitably symbiotic batches of fruit from their superlative McLaren Vale sites. Vinified to the most exacting standards, treated to the most fasidious handling, mellowed after a spell of ageing in the highest quality seasoned oaks.
Committed to growing and making classic regional McLaren Vale wines, Dowie Doole utilise predominantly estate grown fruit which is crushed, fermented and matured at Boar's Rock winery in McLaren Vale, under maestro Brian Light's guidance. Leigh Gilligan, who joined as partner in 1998, now manages the day to day operations, while Norm Doole oversees the Norjan vineyard in the heart of McLaren Vale. Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz are sourced from blocks at Norm Doole's California Road Vineyard and Drew Dowie's Tintookie property. Parcels are crushed and fermented on skins for several days before being separately aged twelve months in older American and French oak barrels. Alcohol 13.8%
Rich deep crimson with purple hue. A beautiful bouquet of blackcurrants, eucalyptus and liquorice. The palate is soft and juicy exhibiting flavours of plum, red berries and a touch spice. The tannins are fine, long and soft making it ideal for early drinking or short term maturation. Match with char grilled steak, lasagne and kebabs.