Friday, November 16, 2007

Dowie Doole In Hooley Dooley Deutschland

Robert has a wine shop..he has been in business for 15 years now..which is saying something in these days of Supermarkets etc.He had heard that one of the co-owners of Dowie-Doule, a vineyard in Australia, was coming to Europe for 10 days..and so he organised a tasting followed by a meal at a local restaurant.The project is the brainchild of 3 guys who own their own vineyards.
Norm Doole, Drew Dowie and Leigh Gilligan are behind it all.
It's rather like neighbours asking each other for some milk or sugar for the they forgot to get it at the shops..They'll take and mix to make it work..and it does...the range is interesting..vibrant...and with is still early days yet..and you get the feeling there is more to come.

The wines that could be tasted were:
Hooly Dooly White 2006...................
Simply Sunshine Red 2005

Dowie Doole Merlot 2004...................Dowie Doole Shiraz 2004

Also available were the 2 wines that accompanied the meal
I was asked to sit next to Drew Dowie
( because I speaka da lingo?....
or because of my wine experience?..
or maybe just because only the 2 of us understand Cricket?

He is charming, talkative, down to earth..and it was a splendid evening.

The three course meal was accompanied by the Chenin Blanc 2006 and the Hooley Dooley Red 2004.

Dowie Doole Chenin Blanc 2006
The grapes are from 70 year-old vines.
Pale straw in colour.
Cut grass, some apple and pears on the nose.
The palate shows tropical fruits and melon

with excellent balance and length.
Points 16.5

Dowie Doole Hooley Dooley 2004
The guys have come up with a fun easy drinking not too serious red blend that is just right. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Petit Verdot ( last 2 minimal) and is well oaked making it very drinkable. An aromatic nose dominated by ripe plums & cherries.. some spice and toasted oak. Again..on the palate..plums with chocolate and spice, well integrated oak and soft tannins.
Points 16

The highlight of the evening was the Syrah Reserve 2004

Dowie Doole Shiraz Reserve 2004
Opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue.
Super nose...ripe plums and marzipan...
herbs..and oak.The palate shows

mouthfilling flavours of liquorice, white pepper,
spices and vanilla. The tannins are soft and 'sweet'.
Perfect balance..not OVERFAT as many Aussies are...
this is a pleasure long will it age?..
well..7-10 years with ease.
Points 18

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