The calibre of this multi-award winning wine is immediately apparent by the lovely dense purple colour. Abundant fleshy fruit characters of mulberry and stewed plums fill the mouth whilst subtle oak tannins add length to the palate. This wine shows true characteristics of Merlot; it is soft round and elegant and will enhance any dining experience.
2015 Rutherglen Wine Show
2015 National Cool Climate Wine Show
2016 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2015 Australian Boutique Wine Makers Show
2015 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2015 Winewise Small Vignerons awards
2015 Cairns Wine Awards
2015 Royal Perth Wine Show
2016 Cairns Wine Show
A rich purple colour, with aromas of classic dark fruits, leading into a palate of black current, ripe cherries and a hint of spice.
A well rounded medium bodied wine, with nicely balanced tannins and a lingering finish.
This wine is made from select parcels of fruit from blocks four, five and six. Picked slightly earlier than average, the Cabernet Sauvignon had a Baume of 14.3, and the Merlot 14.7.
The wine has been aged for twelve months in a combination of French and Russian barriques.
This wine can be enjoyed now and will continue to develop in the bottle for many years.
2017 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2017 Cairns Wine Show Awards
2017 International Cool Climate Wine Show
2017 National Cool Climate Wine Show
The 2014 Merlot came from the famed Palatine vineyard in Lobethal. The grapes where hand picked from vines yielding just 1 tonne to the acre. They were then destemmed and fermented in small open fermenters and hand plunged. The wines was left on skins for a month before being transferred to old French oak. It was matured for 10 months before being bottled.
Grape varieties 100 % Merlot
Region Adelaide Hills, Lobethal , Australia
Winemaker Darryl Catlin
Alcohol (ABV) 13.2 %
Acidity 5.45 g/l
Residual Sugar 0.46 g/l
Wine pH 3.61
McLaren Vale’s warm days and cool nights allow Merlot to reach optimum ripeness, creating a smooth, mouth-filling wine with rich berry and plum flavours.
Fruit for the Dowie Doole Merlot is sourced from the cooler, sandy slopes of our Tintookie Vineyard and the loamy soils of the California Road vineyard. The combination of fruit from these two distinctively different vineyard sites brings savouriness and richness, with fine tannins complementing the classic Merlot aromas and flavours.
Colour: Brilliant crimson with a purple hue.
Nose: Bright red and blue fruit; raspberries, blueberries and plum. Hints of clove and cinnamon stick linger in the background. Subtle hints of oak; cedar, pencil shavings, further lift the fruit and spice.
Palate: The bright red fruits flow onto the palate giving the wine a juicy mouthfeel. The tannins are soft and balanced allowing the wines fruit to shine through, while still giving the wine structure and length. This balance of fruit, oak and tannin allow this wine to be enjoyed now or into the future.