Wine, music and song for Dowling family

Monday, 29 November, 2004
Cowley Nel & Associates
The release of Henry Dowling’s 2002 Bordeaux blend, Conspirare, is the culmination of years of passion and interest in winemaking which began as a ‘hobby’, and it fortuitously coincides with the release of his talented wife Lesley-Rae’s new album release ‘State of Grace’.

Conspirare, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Cabernet Franc (33%) and Merlot (17%) has been awarded 4 Stars in the latest Platter Wine Guide, an outstanding achievement for a maiden vintage.

Named after the Latin word for 'breathing together' which was used on one of Lesley-Rae's albums, Conspirare reflects all the elements of making a good wine: the soil, the rain, the slopes, the wind, the aspect, the winemaker and the people working the vineyards. Says Dowling: "I always enjoyed drinking red wine, and since I was a wine grape producer and had a few winemaking friends, I thought I'd like to try and make my own. I have always been fascinated by the whole transformation of grapes turning into wine, and once I thought I understood the process, I decided I'd make a bit more than I could consume myself! It was never planned to be a commercial venture, but more of a hobby."  

Conspirare is grown on Henry and Lesley Rae's farm, Fransmanskloof, on the cool South-facing slopes in the Lynedoch area.  Henry worked side-by-side in the cellar with his friend Eben Sadie, who was a great inspiration "I liked the quality of the wine he produced without the use of high-tech equipment, and of course, his incredible passion for winemaking. We each made our own wine and we shared equipment, but obviously I learnt an enormous amount from him.  The softest handling of the wine was attempted at all times: buckets rather than pumps were used for transferring the wine - a bucket will never let you down!"

Conspirare  2002 is an elegant, confident and ripe-fruited blend, with hints of black-currant. Well-balanced soft tannins and gentle acidity assure drinking pleasure, but should develop 5 + years. Enjoy with red meat and game dishes.

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