- Bronze (2014) Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
About the wine maker
Relaunched in 2014, the new Starve Dog Lane is following its nose in the pursuit of better grapes and crafting quality wines. The collection is made up of two ranges; the South Australian Collection, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Shiraz, both offering approachability, character and complexity; and the Regional Collection, regional varietals including Pinot Gris, Shiraz and Cabernet.
When the first pioneers crossed Australia in search of gold and land to call their own, for protection they would travel in groups. At night they would pitch their tents in straight lines, military fashion, with a central row down the middle. Inevitably they would attract canine followers and these hungry dogs would search these rows at night scavenging all they could find from the pioneers: this central row was often called starve dog lane.
Starve Dog Lane’s Winemaker is Nic Bowen; raised in a well-known Western Australian winemaking family, Nic first explored the world of wine by working in the cellars and vineyards of the estates that his father was managing. He felt it was a natural move for him to take on responsibility for the award winning Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley wines from Starve Dog Lane.
The Adelaide Hills region is one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia and amongst the most varied in terms of climate, soil and topography; this is the perfect hunting ground for Starve Dog Lane. The region has the reputation as home to some of Australia’s most elegant cool-climate wines which display great finesse and varietal intensity.
The Clare Valley region is interesting in that some areas are cool enough to produce pristine Riesling, whilst others are warm enough to fully ripen Shiraz and Cabernet: particularly around Leasingham in the south. Red grapes from hardy, early ripening blocks here produce reds with a good balance between the fruit character and freshness.