Dowie Doole CT Shiraz McLaren Vale 2017 (RRP $35 WM 27.90)

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Colour: Dark red with a crimson halo.
Nose: Unmistakable McLaren Vale Shiraz bouquet: dark red fruits, cloves, cassis, with lovely French oak notes of cedar and star anise further lifting the fruit out of the glass. Palate: The palate is rich and full with layers of dark fruits, licorice, and plums. The mouthfeel is refined and long, with the tannin from the cooler Clarendon Vineyard giving the wine an elegant tannin line giving the wine great length. The 24 months of oak maturation, using second fill oak has added complexity while maintaining a graceful balance between the fruit and oak flavours.

Winemaker’s Comments
Crop levels in 2016 were slightly above average due to an excellent fruit set. Good rain in late January/early February gave the vines a much-needed drink after a very dry spring. This sustained the vines during a mild February, ensuring the fruit could reach full flavour ripeness without excessive sugar levels. This wine demonstrates the elegance and power of McLaren Vale shiraz. With fruit sourced from the cooler hills of the Clarendon subregion, combined with the more Mediterranean Cali Rd vineyard from the subregion of Tatachilla, known for wines of great fruit intensity. Combined these vineyards have produced a wine that shows what we love about McLaren Vale, grace and power all wrapped into one.

Food Match
Whole beef fillet, Hong Kong Brew House - Chef Jefferies Tomahawk Steak Ageing

Potential Ageing
Potential 10+ years.

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