Flavabom Field White 2016


This is a tasty four varietal field blend from and really is a showcase for showing just what the Riverland in Australia can create with their traditional, and old vine, varieties. Muscadelle, Chenin Blanc, Colombard and Semillon are varieties that have a deep history in the area and this dry white tells the story of each, backed by a gracefulness that comes with vine age.

A sweet savoury perfume reaches out from the glass. Being from Riverland, ripeness comes easier than some Australian regions and here it is portrayed in the fulsome floral, peach, and just picked nectarine character. Having some time in French oak has given this Flavabom some spiciness to flesh it out. Soft acid adds curves and silk to the rich palate that firms towards the savoury, spiced nuts and fruit finish.

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Three fresh whites that won’t break the bank



Save some space at the table for these three ‘foodable’ whites .. or maybe for the perfect wind down drink after a loooong week … Read More

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Dowie Doole – the Moxie from McLaren

Image: Winemaker Chris Thomas of Dowie Doole (photo by thewinemuse)

While it seems that McLaren Vale is flavour of the month on Wine Muse, it is most likely because they are a region that is working hard to keep their offering fresh.  There is plenty of interest to be found here because they are an established region with access to old vineyards and they already have plenty of experience with the classics. However, the winemakers of the region come with an established reputation for being an innovative bunch and one that is not afraid of working together.

At a recent tasting I attended, I was very lucky to have winemaker Chris Thomas to take me through just some of their range of wines and I found nary a dud among the wines that I tasted.  I include in that statement a wine that perhaps you might remember, my wine of the month for April 2012: Dowie Doole G&T 11 which is Dowie Doole’s more-ish take on a fresh and fruity Rioja.

It is two of their white wines that I find the most exciting – the Dowie Doole Vermentino and the Dowie Doole Read More

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