2014 Dowie Doole Shiraz
$26.90 btl / $322.80 cs (case of 12 x 750ml)
McLaren Vale’s hot climate is perfect for bringing out the best traits in Shiraz producing a seductive and delicious wine. Dowie Doole’s Shiraz is classic with a rich crimson colour and notes of dark plum, black cherry, spice and smoke on the nose.
The palate reveals excellent integration of fruit and smoky oak and full-bodied, mouth-filling flavours. Excellent structure with flavours of sweet cherry, plums, spice and liquorice lingering on the long, savoury palate, leading to a smooth fine-grained tannin finish.
Price: Case of 12 at $322.80 ($26.90 per bottle)
Grapes varieties: 100% Shiraz
Drink: Now or over the next few years
Food Pairing: Herb roasted rack of lamb or roast fillet of beef, aged cheddar
Dowie Doole came to fruition in 1995, when architect Drew Dowie joined forces with international Canadian banker Norm Doole and Leigh Gilligan, grape grower and veteran wine marketer. They realized from the start that the strength of Dowie Doole was the collection of widely-varying premium vineyards in the region. We have been proudly representing their wines in Ontario since the very beginning.
McLaren Vale, in the north-west of Fleurieu Peninsula, is located approximately 35km south of Adelaide. One of the most renowned grape growing regions throughout Australia and the world grapes have been grown in this region since the arrival of the first settlers. Pioneers such as Thomas Hardy and John Reynella, both iconic names in the Australian wine industry, are credited with having realized the region’s potential in the early 19th century when the first vines were planted. McLaren Vale has come a long way since then and is home to some of Australia’s most highly regarded wine producers, including Dowie Doole.
Within McLaren Vale you the will find Dowie Doole’s vineyards located from the coastal south-east of the prime Willunga Basin, through Blewitt Springs, onto the cooler Willunga escarpment, and right into the higher country over the ridge. These locations provide a range of flavours and ripening timeframes that are second to none in this beautiful region.
The climate is Mediterranean with hot dry summers and mild winters. The Gulf Saint Vincent lies just west of the vineyards and the fresh sea breezes coming off this large body of water help to moderate temperatures during the growing season. Winds from the hills also cool the grapes on specific sites, helping to retain acidity and structure. The summers and most of the autumn season are dry, which keeps vine diseases at bay. McLaren Vale also boasts a wide range of soil types, with localized specialties.
Shiraz leads the region’s list of award-winning wines, making McLaren Vale a favourite place to grow this grape.