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 coffee..as 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 potential...it is still early days yet..and you get the feeling there is more to come.
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 Hooley Dooley 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.
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.
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 now...how long will it age?..
well..7-10 years with ease.