Current Release Tasting Notes
Here's a one stop tasting shop with an overview of all our current releases
Dookie Hills Sparkling Viognier 2014
A flirty celebratory sparkling displaying fresh tropical fruits and honeysuckle characters in its youth which become silky and rich as the wine develops. A creamy, persistent mousse and fine bead provide a delicately rich mouth feel with a refreshingly zingy finish. Crown seal. Serve chilled and enjoy as an aperitif or with canapés.
Dookie Hills Riesling 2014
A great example of a naturally aromatic Riesling with a bouquet of blossom, dried pear and a hint of musk. The palate offers refined lemon sherbet acidity and generous length. This drop is both refreshing and flavoursome and works well with oysters and Asian seafood dishes.
Dookie Hills Viognier 2014
This Viognier bursts with a bouquet of vibrant tropical fruit with hints of musk and ginger lingering in the background creating a heady exotic mix. The palate brings orange blossom, glace orange, white peach and apricot with a soft, rounded textural mouth feel. The flavours are generous and persistent carried by well-balanced acidity. A fabulous accompaniment to most cuisine especially fowl and pork and citrus inspired dishes.
Dookie Hills Botrytis Riesling 2012
A delicious dessert wine, Botrytis concentrated grape flavours and sugars have resulted in intense aromas of candied cumquat and citrus marmalade. The rich sticky palate carries poached quince, honey and a hint of spice alongside luscious texture balanced by soft acidity. Sweet wines like this call for a rich pudding or crème brulee or apple tarte tartin. The sweetness of this wine is an excellent foil to any salty, blue or strong cheeses.
Dookie Hills Rose 2014
Its pretty strawberry hue previews a confectionery nose of strawberries and cream and rose water. A surprising palate that is luxuriously round and soft with a touch of sweetness, leading to a crisp finish. Berry and musk flavours shine with clarity making this wine the perfect accompaniment to antipasto, roasted beetroot and feta salad and spicy BBQ seafood.
Dookie Hills Sangiovese 2014
The new release of this variety lives up to its reputation as a Tallis favourite. The colour is an earthy crimson, typical of this variety even when young. The nose shows perfumed cherry with a touch of cinnamon and of vanilla, followed by aromas of herbs and tobacco that hint at the savoury palate. Flavours of vibrant cherry and red fruit with great acidity are balanced by the dusty tannin structure, good length rounds out a moreish package. Perfect with lighter meat and tomato based dishes, gourmet pizza or a good parmesan cheese.
Dookie Hills Merlot 2011
The alluring beetroot hue suggests that this wine has been carefully cellared in bottle for a few years prior to release. This approach has indeed produced wonderful aromas of cedar preserved blackberry and tobacco leaf. The palate is brimming with juicy blackcurrant and finishes with savoury charred oak nuances that give balance and structure. Try this Merlot with roast pork and root vegetables, duck sausages or a washed rind cheese.
Dookie Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
A vibrant plum-coloured Cabernet with gorgeous aromas of violet and cedar. The palate releases delightful plum and chocolate flavours and is generous and mouth filling with a good finish. Try matching this wine with slow roasted lamb shoulder with parsnips and beetroot, duck with a dark fruit sauce or lash out and match it with a decadent dark chocolate dessert.
Dookie Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Distinguished dark red hues in keeping with the age of this cellar release red. Primary fruit aromas of plums and cassis mingle with the aged characters of cedar and cigar box. Earthy tobacco characters carry through to the palate and are balanced by well integrated tannins and excellent length. The mellowed tannins of this aged Cabernet work well alongside grilled red meat, a rack of lamb or gourmet sausage. Also a terrific accompaniment to aged cheddar and other hard cheeses.
Dookie Hills Shiraz 2013
Purple in colour our new release Shiraz has aromas of spiced plums and elegant vanilla from time on French oak. The palate shows dark berry fruits, a hint of pepper and plenty of spice, well balanced with the typical generosity of flavour that is Dookie Shiraz. Match it with French onion soup, roast beef with a juniper and Shiraz jus or pizza topped with lamb fillet and Persian feta.
Silent Showman Shiraz 2010 93/100 James Halliday – wine critic
Impressively dense and dark in the glass with ripe aromas of blackberry and blood plums layered with overtones of creamy chocolate, mocha and baking spices. Moderate tannins are soft and silky providing structure and excellent aging potential alongside refreshing acidity and a long finish. The fruit for the Silent Showman comes from the best parcels producing big bold Shiraz characters. Limited American oak imparts mocha chocolate characteristics. This robust wine sits comfortably alongside rich flavoursome foods including marinated kangaroo fillets, Osso Buco, chunky beef and black pepper pie and a chorizo based dishes.
Silent Showman Shiraz 2013
The fruit for the Silent Showman is handpicked from our vineyard's best parcels and spends 12 months on American and French oak. This combination of selection and oaking gives elegance and the mocha chocolate flavours to the wine. The dense colour gives a clue to the intensity and complexity of the wine. This Shiraz is very approachable now with fine tannins yet has the power to age for at least 10 years. The nose has red berries, spice and hints of cedar leading to a rich palate of berry plum mocha and toasty oak. A food match for this wine needs to have the depth of flavour to complement the wine so a char grilled steak with caramelised onion, Moroccan flavoured BBQ lamb or aged cheddar would all fit the bill.
Silent Showman Shiraz Viognier 2013
This blend of Shiraz and 3-5% Viognier produces a silky mouth filling and fragrant wine. The grapes are co-fermented allowing well integrated fruit flavours and complexity prior to ageing in French and American oak. The resulting wine has aromas of mocha and lifted fragrance with hints of musk from the Viognier. The flavour profile is luscious with plum, berries, spice, coconut and mocha complemented by silky tannins and persistent length. This textural and fragrant wine works well with rich meats such as duck breast with juniper berries or sticky beef ribs as well as a beetroot risotto with goats cheese.
Tallis Fortified Shiraz
A sublime way to finish an evening. The second fortified from Tallis Wine blends barrel-aged Shiraz vintages achieving intensely rich flavour. A nose of raisins, toffee and caramel hints at the complexity of the palate. Flavours reminiscent of Christmas cake and molasses glide through a voluptuous structure and texture. The sweetness is balanced by earthy nutty notes. For the ultimate treat enjoy with robust cheese or dark chocolate.