DOWIE DOOLE Halliday Heroes

Halliday Heroes

The 2020 Halliday Wine Companion has been released and DOWIE DOOLE has once again been rated as a 5-star winery by James Halliday - Australia's top wine writer, with thirteen wines scoring 90 or above!


95 points - 2016 Reserve Shiraz

2016 Reserve

“This comes from a small block replanted in '74 on the California Road Vineyard. Oak maturation in French puncheons and hogsheads, 50% new. In keeping with all these '16 DD reds, there's ripeness and fullness without the sweetness of style the region can produce. Dark berry fruit, chocolate, cedar and mocha are all in the mix along with robust tannin.” – Steven Creber

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95 points - 2016 The Banker Cabernet Sauvignon

Fruit of the Vine

“From a single estate block planted '86, crushed and destemmed, 16 days on skins, basket-pressed to second-use French hogsheads for 2 years maturation. A juicy, flowing, medium-bodied cabernet with blackcurrant sitting in the driver's seat, black cherry along for the ride, tannins the police keeping a watch on things.” – James Halliday

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95 points - 2016 The Architect Shiraz

Fruit of the Vine

“Grown on the Tintookie Vineyard at Blewitt Springs, Block C, planted in '55. Aged for 24 months in 2yo French hogsheads. Presents as a real expression of the site, with aromas of blueberry (not blackberry), dark chocolate (not milk), and garrigue-like herbs. More about structure than overt richness on the palate, the depth of fruit and tannin will stand it in good stead.” - Steven Creber

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95 points - 2016 C.T. Shiraz

Special Vale Rating 

C.T. Shiraz

“Grown on the Cali Road Vineyard at Tatachilla and the Trumann Vineyard at Clarendon. Open ferments, 24 months in 80% French 20% American oak. The ripe plum and berry fruit is a match for the formidable oak on the bouquet, with spice and earthiness adding complexity. The flavours are deep, layered and long, the tannin emphatic but not overwhelming.” – Steven Creber

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95 points - 2018 Rosé

Special Vale Rating 


“A rose made from the ground up, with 53yo grenache (89%) and vermentino (11%) grafted onto cabernet sauvignon vines in '12, both machine-harvested. Pale pink, it has a mix of all small red fruits and a hint of pomegranate on the long finish. It's very fine and elegant, with a dry finish. Well deserved trophy for Best Rose at the McLaren Vale Wines Show '18.” – James Halliday

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95 points - 2017 DD Shiraz Grenache 

Special Vale Rating 

DD Shiraz Grenache

“A 65/35% blend, crushed and destemmed, cultured yeast, 10-15 days on skins, matured for 12 months in 80% American and 20% French oak (40% new). Bright colour; as powerful and complex as the vinification would suggest. It's luscious, yet distinctly elegant. Representative of a new generation, but also ex this great vintage.” – James Halliday

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94 points - 2016 Cali Road Shiraz

Cali Road

“Sourced from an east-facing block on the Cali Road Vineyard. Aged for 24 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads, 50% new and 50% 3yo. Displays an array of blue/black fruit aromas with a touch of dried currant and mocha oak character. Has intensity without being massively big, the ripe flavours wrestling with very dry, grippy tannin. Needs time.” Steven Creber

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94 points - 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Special Vale Rating 

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

“Fruit from vineyards at Tatachilla and Blewitt Springs, matured for 20 months in predominantly French oak hogsheads. The cool vintage has imparted unusual elegance to this release, although the expected characters of cassis, leaf and mint, cedary spice and chocolate are there aplenty. Perfectly medium-bodied with fine but ripe and supple tannins.” – Steven Creber

Available online soon (2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon available)


94 points - 2017 G&T

Special Vale Rating 


“A 51/49% blend open-fermented separately, blended and taken to barrel for 12 months. A juicy wine that lingers in the mouth, dazzling red fruits forming and reforming taste patterns.” – James Halliday

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93 points - 2018 B.F.G. Grenache


“53yo bushvines (Heritage selection small berry clone), hand-picked, crushed and destemmed, 10 days in open fermenters, 50% to used French oak, 50% to tank for 7 months. A well balanced and powerful wine, the alcohol having been controlled, and the tank contribution essential in deriving texture.” – James Halliday

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93 points - 2017 Estate Shiraz 

Special Vale Rating

Estate Shiraz

“Fruit from Tatachilla and Blewitt Springs. Matured for 21 months in French and American hogsheads, 15% new. Blueberry, blackberry and blood plum provide a bounty of dark fruit aromas and flavours with toasty oak adding some subtle complexity. It's rich and supple on the palate, really quite generous, but gently firm tannin maintains the form and structure.” – Steven Creber

Available online soon (2016 Shiraz available)


92 points - 2017 C Blanc 

Special Vale Rating

C Blanc

“From vines planted at Blewitt Springs in '33. Aged on fine lees for 12 months, 10% in older French oak puncheons. Distinctive lifted aromas of passionfruit and green apple with hints of pineapple and lime. Shows the texture imparted by the lees contact, adding another dimension to the lively fruit. Length of flavour and a lingering finish are also positives.” – Steven Creber

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90 points - 2017 Hooley Dooley Shiraz Grenache 

Special Vale Rating

Hooley Dooley


“A 56/44% blend, multiple parcels vinified separately, the grenache on skins for 8 days, [the shiraz?] 10-12 days on skins, 40% matured in oak barrels, 60% in stainless steel. A delicious, supple wine, and an exceptional wine at this price. Only '17 could have done this.” – James Halliday

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August 12, 2019



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