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Dowie Doole Chenin Blanc

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If we were doing an ad campaign for this winery it would go something like this: “You’re a fool if you don’t drink Dowie Doole.” Lucky for them we are not in advertising but lucky for you that we have secured these magical wines from the McLaren Vale. This take on the much underrated Chenin Blanc provides a really attractive aromatic white that is vibrant with aromas of fresh apples, melon and floral notes. A superb fruity palate follows with lovely minerality and a balanced finish. This wine would go really well with baked whole snapper with Asian herbs.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Almost water white with pale green straw hues.

Nose: Fresh, lively aromas of citrus, white flowers, passion fruit and guava.

Palate: Fresh, lively aromas of passionfruit, citrus, white flowers and guava. The aromas follow through onto the palate with a burst of delicate white fruit and citrus flavours. A lovely, long palate and a crisp, clean and zesty finish. The perfect 'alternative' blanc!

Food: Tempura prawns, salt and pepper squid, zucchini souffle with baked goats cheese.


expert reviews about

Dowie Doole Chenin Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Mainly sourced from the 80-year-old vines, believed to be the oldest in Australia of this variety, on Drew DowieÍs vineyard in the cool Blewitt Springs area. The wine has excellent intensity and length, with a mix of citrus, melon and lychee flavours, and a crisp, clean finish.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
91
WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
A fairly neutral, fresh, crunchy quaffer with hints of honey and citrus blossom.
WINESTATE Volume 34 - Special Edition
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Another solid chenin from the Vale, showing some citrus and waxy aromas, grassy and gently floral too. The palate's zesty and crisp, with nectarine and citrus-fruit flavour, some tropicals too, finishing bright and lively.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Nose not showing much but palate is okay and showing fresh, subtle lime flavours.
Winestate 20082009
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Fabulous tinned fruit salad bouquet. Crisp and juicy in the mouth - sweet but has the acid to balance.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
At the end of the day, poor man's verdelho, a variety which struggles for character; here helped by some lemony acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
83
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2004 Vintage) says
Because of the $15 price point, we only ever see one wine from this McLaren Vale producer for Quaff- but it almost always makes the grade. This wine has fragrant fresh herb aromas, grassy, herbal flavours, is bright and lively on the mid-palate with crisp, zingy acidity.
Quaff 2005 2004
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
84
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2003 Vintage) says
Another familiar name, and another McLaren Vale chenin to be released from the 2003 vintage under screw top. As we've tasted in previous vintages, there's a really vivacious, grassy zestiness to this white wine, and we suspect that a few more months in bottle will see it develop a little more mouth-filling richness, too.
Quaff 2004 2003
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2000 Vintage) says
The fourth vintage of this wine has been sourced from 42-year-old vines at the Tintookie vineyard at Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. The property is owned by Dowie Doole partners Drew Dowie and Lulu Lunn and the viticulture is in Lunn's obviously capable hands. While the owners lament that these old vines have once again produced a small crop, we are grinning because it means that the wine has a pleasing concentration of flavour. And the price means it's great value. Clear varietal chenin blanc characters are the highlight of this easy-drinking white: passionfruit, banana-lemon, tropical fruits with a hint of grassiness. It is lively, fresh, soft and round with delicious lingering flavours and crisp acidity.
Quaff 2001 2000

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