Dowie Doole is a story of two terroirs and time. Their home - McLaren Vale, South Australia - has unique, ancient terroirs that produce world class wines. Dowie Doole’s Estate Vineyards are located in two of McLaren Vale’s most prized terroirs; the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs and the ancient rocks of Tatachilla. With geology as old as 650M years, some of the oldest geology vines are grown anywhere in the world.In 1995 Dowie Doole’s founders Drew Dowie and Norm Doole realized the potential of their estate vineyards. Forming a partnership to nurture these two terroirs, using Biodynamic techniques to ensure the sustainability of these living landscapes for future generations. The fruit therefore truly expresses not only its place but also the environment in which it is grown.This story continues, now in the hands of Chief Winemaker, Chris Thomas. Drew and Norm, both visionary and passionate about sustainability saw the need to pass on Dowie Doole to the next generation. So, in 2015, Chris, and a group of like-minded wine enthusiasts, purchased Dowie Doole. Norm Doole still remains involved as a shareholder and chairman.
B.F.G. (Big Friendly Grenache) is sourced from Dowie Doole’s oldest bush vine Grenache planted in 1965. The block is located at their Cali Rd Vineyard in the sub-region of Tatachilla. The wine is crafted using the gentlest handling possible, de-stemmed not crushed, open fermented using only hand plunging. The maturation in oak is kept short and only old oak is used to preserve the characteristic natural perfume of delicate fruits and delicate palate of the Grenache varietal.
A lifted bouquet expressing hallmark Grenache characters; strawberry, raspberry and boiled lollies. The palate shows the crunchy red fruit with a gentle tannin line adding length.
Winemaker Chris Thomas (C.T.) selected his favourite barrels to produce this elegant Shiraz. Fruit is a blend of the two estate terroirs of Dowie Doole; the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs and the ancient rocks of Tatachilla. This Shiraz is matured for 24 months in second year or older French (80%) & American (20%) hogshead oak barrels.
This is a blend of various vintages. The base is made from Shiraz wines from 1995 – 2012 vintages. These wines have been used like a solera system with a portion of the older material used in the blend to give the wine depth and wonderful richness on the palate. To increase the complexity of this sparkling shiraz a base wine blend is kept from vintages as far back as 1996. This base is stored in old oak hogsheads on a bed of Chenin Blanc yeast lees to aid mouth-feel.
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