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2006 Mollydooker - Shiraz/Cabernet Enchanted Path

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA / MCLAREN VALE
  • 94 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 87 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 185396-2006-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 87

    ($70) Deep ruby. Ripe blackcurrant and candied cherry on the nose, with dill, dark chocolate and vanilla accents. Fleshy and sweet, offering vaguely syrupy dark berry flavors and a good lashing of pungent herbs. Became spicier with air and picked up musky cured tobacco qualities, finishing with soft tannins and a lingering sweet/sour character. I was able to detect some varietal cabernet sauvignon character in this wine while several others from this producer came across as overly confectionery.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: September/October 2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Supple in texture and deftly balanced despite its size, this is a big wine that dances smoothly on the palate, while showing off its rich cherry, blueberry and sweet spice flavors. The parts melt together seamlessly as the finish rolls on and on. 3,279 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2006 Shiraz (66%) - Cabernet Sauvignon (34%) |Enchanted Path| was made entirely from McLaren Vale fruit. Opaque purple-colored, the wine has a fragrant bouquet of pain grille, leather, smoked meat, game, blueberry, and blackberry. This is followed by a structured wine with intense, spicy black fruit flavors, full-body, and superb balance. It is still tightly wound and will benefit from 6-8 years of cellaring. This promising effort should drink well through 2030.
    Author: Jay Miller
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Naperwino
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Victor
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Had in comparison to a Carnival of Love (same year). Not as impressive at the COL but this was a good wine. More earth driven believe it or not and less of the MD ink/fruit punch I was used to.
    Author: rdalehite
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

  • 572 bottles owned
  • 140 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 140 collectors)