Born in the 1990s through Drew Dowie and Norm Doole’s frustration at having to send their fruit to other wineries to vinify, Dowie Doole came to set a precedent for McLaren Vale. The winery’s range is an exploration of this region’s terroirs and the many varieties that generations of grape growers have brought with them from Europe. A great marriage of tradition, innovation and a little rebel spirit can be found in all their cuvées. From complex Shiraz, spicy Grenache and Tempranillo blend, to elegant Chenin Blanc, their range is one of the most interesting and contemporary in the region.
The far-from-basic Dowie Doole Shiraz is a deep crimson colour and has the unmistakable McLaren Vale Shiraz bouquet: sweet plums, dark cherries, cloves, spices, and toasty oak characters showing through. The palate is rich and full with layers of dark fruits, liquorice and plums and has a fine, velvety tannin structure, with 18 months in oak adding spice.
A perfect match with a kebab, braised pork ribs or spicy lentil burgers