Dowie Doole Moxie Sparkling Shiraz McLaren Vale NV (RRP $35 WM 27.90)

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Blend Details
This is a blend of various vintages. The base is made from Shiraz wines from 1995 – 2012 vintages. These wines have been used like a solera system with a portion of the older material used in the blend to give the wine depth and wonderful richness on the palate. This base has then been blended with Shiraz from the 2015 and 2016 vintages to add lift, palate weight and richness.

NV Shiraz Base
To increase the complexity of this sparkling shiraz a base wine blend is kept from vintages as far back as 1996. This base is stored in old oak hogsheads on a bed of Chenin Blanc yeast lees to aid mouth-feel.

Characteristics
Colour : Very deep, rich crimson in colour with crimson hue.
Nose : Notes of blackberry and cherry fruits, spice box and a little pepper
Palate : Dark fruits carry through onto the rich, velvety, long and slightly sweet but not cloying palate.

Winemaker’s Comments
This is a quintessential Australian Sparkling Red wine. It is rich, dark and dangerously delicious. Should be consumed cold, with good company, good food, good music and good cheer. Lovely wine to drink as an aperitif, or with roasted duck, goose, chicken or pork or at the close of a meal with dark fruit cake and a good cheddar type cheese. While rich, the wine is never cloying, finishing with vibrant acidity and some lovely drying tannins to offset the semi-sweetness of the wine. Blue and black fruits with spicy notes, long full palate, some initial sweetness on the long palate finishing with a refreshing crispness. Drink well-chilled.

Food Match
Duck and pistachio terrine, roasted goose, turkey or duck, spicy beef ribs.

Ageing Potential
Though rich, complex and delicious to drink now, if cellared carefully we expect the Moxie Sparkling Shiraz will drink gracefully for 8-10 years.


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