DOWIE DOOLE co-founder Leigh Gilligan, AKA Mr G, is an avid advocate for this quintessential Australian blend.
Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz / Merlot
Colour: Deep red with a red/crimson hue.
Nose: Cabernet Sauvignon varietal characters of cinnamon, eucalypt and blackcurrant lift the wine out of the glass, further aromatics of plum, spice and cedar are added from the shiraz and oak maturation.
Palate: The aromatics on the nose follow through onto the palate, which is given great length from a fine tannin line from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Shiraz has then given the palate added weight/juiciness, with the merlot adding a berry fruit edge. The 24 months of oak maturation has added complexity and added to the fine elegant tannin line that will give this wine great longevity.
Reviews & Awards:
Halliday Wine Companion - 94 points
"58% cabernet sauvignon, 39% shiraz and 3% merlot matured in 50/50% American and French hogsheads for 24 months before blending...The blend is a throwback in style, accentuated by the choice of 50% American oak. It is rich, place having a lot to say about the overall flavour, which is undeniably attractive." James Halliday