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Dowie Doole Cabernet Sauvignon

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Dowie Doole make us drool. Yup that’s the catchphrase in the Cracka office when we get to taste their range of wines as they are lip-smackingly delicious. Find out for yourself when you cook a leg of lamb and unleash this delicious Cabernet upon your dinner guests. A very varietal Cabernet nose with mint, blackcurrant and chocolate, not surprisingly the palate is rich and layered while oak adds complexity and tannins round out the texture.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Vibrant red-purple hue.

Nose: Lovely Cabernet lifted nose of blue and black fruits, leaf, cake spice of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Palate: The palate displays the hallmark traits of McLaren Vale Cabernet; dark chocolate, blue and black fruits, lifted aromatics, elegant, fine tannins and the promise of great longevity.

Food: Perfect with your Sunday roast lamb or a wild rabbit, baby onion and smoked speck pie.

Cellaring: 8+ years

Alcohol: 14%



Cabernet Sauvignon is a favoured variety in McLaren Vale where the climate is suited to growing fruit that produces rich, full bodied and age-worthy wines.

Sourced from the cooler, sandy slopes of our Tintookie vineyard and the loamy soils of the California Road vineyard, the Dowie Doole Cabernet Sauvignon displays the hallmark traits of McLaren Vale cabernet; dark chocolate, black fruits, lifted aromatics, elegant, fine tannins and the promise of great longevity.

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Dowie Doole Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Has held very good crimson-purple colour; sourced from the three vineyards owned by the three proprietors of Dowie Doole, matured for two years in 35% new oak (mainly French) with 5% shiraz in the blend. A full blooded, full-bodied McLauren cabernet, with layers of blackcurrant fruit and well-integrated and balanced oak, the tannins ripe and equally well-balanced. 13.5% alc.
2030
April/May
93
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
A warm ripe style of red fruits, peppermint and licorice notes; good weight and structure.
July/Aug Winestate
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Clean, elegant cabernet with some lovely wood seamlessly integrated with gorgeous varietal fruit that's showing a pleasant hint of mint. Plenty of life ahead of it. 5+
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep purple-red; a hyper-powerful, full-bodied cabernet with masses of blackcurrant fruit, good oak and ripe tannins; impressive outcome.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Impressively deep colour here, with bright purple edges. The nose has plenty of purple berries and a good serve of oak; hints of black fruits and liquorice too. Tannins carve out plenty of space for ripe cassis and vanillin flavours, rolling through to a toasty oak-flavoured, fleshy conclusion.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A fragrant bouquet, then a restrained but well-balanced and textured palate with quite juicy cassis fruit and fine tannins in support.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Complex, developing, oaky nose with ripe sweet fruit flavours mingling with the oak.
Winestate 20082009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Add another name to the list of good McLaren Vale cabernet producers. Perfectly balanced and styled. A wine to wholly recommend - forget the rating: this is a wine to drink and enjoy. It tastes of pencils, dried herbs, blackcurrant and cedarwood, its milky vanillin oak kept well in check. Really good kit.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Excellent colour; attractive medium-bodied palate, with good varietal expression courtesy of the cassis and blackcurrant fruit; supple and smooth, good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Savoury, earthy black fruits and bitter chocolate; strong and powerful; has good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; the relatively light bouquet has leafy berry aromas plus a touch of mint; the palate has more blackberry and chocolate fruit than the bouquet suggests, finishing with soft tannins and minimal oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
86

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