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Fowles Wine gets high praise in James Halliday Wine Companion 2016

By Fowles Wine

When the news came in that the Great Man of wine had said some nice things about us in his brand new 2016 Australian Wine Companion we were pretty excited. However, we were truly ecstatic after reading the reviews...

We were awarded as a ‘Five Star’ winery for the second year in a row and eight of our wines scooped 95 and 94 point ratings! Below are all the details...

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies who Shoot their Lunch 2014 Riesling: 95 points.

"Fermentation in a used 5400L French oak vat, the addition of 2% Muscat of Alexandria, and the retention of 5g/l of residual sugar have all come together seamlessly in a wine with length and real personality; the flavours ripple through citrus, apple and minerally acidity."

Ladies who Shoot their Lunch 2013 Chardonnay: 94 points.

"From two vineyards, picked 6-20 March; half wild yeast-fermented, half cultured yeast, French oak of various sizes (30% new), with stirring, small portion mlf. A suitably complex wine has emerged, with good drive and tension through to the bright, zesty finish."

Ladies who Shoot their Lunch 2012 Shiraz: 95 points.

"A more than worthy successor to the ’10 here with even greater intensity and length to the vibrant mix of red fruits, spice and fine, savoury tannins of the medium-bodied palate. It will relish a few more years in the bottle, but hold its form for years thereafter."

Stone Dwellers 2013 Vermentino: 94 points.

"A delicious tangy, zesty wine with all manner of citrus elements at play, couched within a framework of minerally acidity; the length of the finish is likewise impressive."

Stone Dwellers 2013 Shiraz: 94 points.

"From a single block on the estate vineyard at an elevation of 503 metres. It has relished the time in bottle, allowing the development of gentle earthy, spicy secondary flavours within the moderate alcohol mainframe of the medium-bodied palate; excellent length and palate."

Stone Dwellers 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon:  95 points.

"A thoroughly impressive Cabernet reflecting the very good vintage that clearly suited the extensive Fowles Cabernet planting down to the ground. This is a vibrantly fresh and elegant wine that will retain this freshness for years to come, tannins at no stage threatening the balance."

Upton Run 2008 Shiraz: 95 points.

"From a single block on the estate vineyard at an elevation of 503 metres. It has relished the time in bottle, allowing the development of gentle earthy, spicy secondary flavours within the moderate alcohol mainframe of the medium-bodied palate; excellent length and palate."

The Exception 2013 Late Harvest Viognier: 94 points.

"The grapes were approaching 18 baume by the time of harvest, and the fermentation was stopped with a high level of residual sugar. Bright, deep straw-green, verging on gold; the striking feature of the wine is the way it has preserved its apricot varietal character, with just a hint of cumquat; a touch more acidity would have made a great wine."

These results are testament to the talent of our vineyard and winemaking teams who work so hard to capture the best of the Strathbogie Ranges in a bottle.