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2005 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love


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SKU: 185395-2005-1500

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Deep garnet-brick colored, the 2005 Carnival of Love displays a more earthy, meaty, gamey character with plenty of coffee and damp loam aromas fused with smoked bacon, some iron ore, Chinese plums, a little floral note and even a bit of truffles character coming through. It is very rich and full-bodied, with the acid line standing out a little from the very concentrated and quite evolved fruit core. Still, it has amazing layers and a lot to give on the very long, licorice-laced finish, even if just a bit warm. Drink it to 2020+.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Brims with personality, playing its toasty, roasted wheat berry and dusky spice flavors against a vital core of dark, juicy blackberry, plum and cherry fruit. The finish just doesn't quit, with the tannins wrapping it all firmly but gently. 2,894 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Naperwino
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: SingKevin
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Drink Dates: 2008-2016
    Author: Tom G165
  • Self | Rating: 96

    decanted for 1 hr. This wine is in a great place now, well integrated oak,alcohol is in check, still have some baby fat remaining, but secondary aroma is already showing
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Edward C731
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Luscious fruit, deep raspberries; legs were solid and long.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2016
    Author: Cowles Ryan
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Purple in color with hardly any trace of bouquet. This wine is not the fruit bomb it was two years ago. Vanilla, spice mixed with blackberry on the palate. Medium to short finish. Needs two hours of air to for the fruit to show beyond the wood. I am hopeful that this will evolve.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2017
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This was a stunning shiraz. Lots of fruit, and great tannic structure to go with it. Red fruits predominated, with cedar and some smoke. Evolved in the glass for an hour. Was closed for about 10 minutes, then opened and developed beautifully over that time. Could last for another 5 years in the bottle, but hard to imagine it getting better.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2018
    Author: Jundt and Maritz wine
Scientific methodology prevails at quirky Australian winery Mollydooker, a 1995 creation of husband and wife Sparky and Sarah Marquis. Famed for their consistently high-scoring "Velvet Glove" Shiraz, the Marquis team strives to produce the "velvet glove" palate sensation, a blanket of flavor that covers the palate before the structure is revealed, in all their blends. This process of creating intense color and flavor profiles starts in the vineyard, where growers for Mollydooker employ the trademarked Marquis Vineyard Watering System. The vineyard management philosophy stresses canopy balance and strong, healthy vines in order to produce grapes of maximum Marquis Fruit Weight. This grading system involves numerous tastings during the winemaking process to determine the wine's final bottling destination, based on a percent scale. Only wine graded 60% or higher on the Fruit Weight scale is accepted for Mollydooker labels. The highest graded fruit goes into the Velvet Glove designation, making it a truly profound bottling. Other bottlings produced include The Love Series: Carnival of Love and Enchanted Path, which are blends of Shiraz and Cabernet; The Party Series, also made from Shiraz and Cabernet; and the Lefty Series, made from Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, and Verdelho.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1548 bottles owned
  • 295 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 295 collectors)