2006 Mollydooker - Shiraz Carnival of Love 750ml

Australia - South Australia - McLaren Vale/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WA 97   WS 95   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The 2006 Shiraz "Carnival of Love" was sourced from a single vineyard. The sensational nose, consisting of violets, lilacs, meat, game, leather, blueberry, and chocolate, leaps from the glass. On the palate this full-bodied wine somehow manages to combine power with elegance. The sweet tannins are well-concealed and the finish lasts for at least one minute. It will provide pleasure for 25 years but who will be that patient?

Drink Dates: 2007-2032
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 173

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

A stunning wine of immense depth and integrity. Seamless from start to finish, this starts off strong and keeps building through the long, powerful finish. The flavors center on blueberry, plum, meaty cherry, cedar and cream, with a hint of mint, and the tannins are so finely polished they gleam. 4,738 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 100
Author: tommy
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/26/2014

Rating: 96
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/09/2013
Wonderful Wine. Had in comparison with an Enchanted Path (same year). This wine clearly outpaced the EP with strong notes of chocolate, dark berry, and an overall silky finish. I highly recommend this wine as it's a better value than the Velvet Glove. However, this a big, fruit forward bomb of a wine. You've got to like MD wines to enjoy this.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 96
Author: David 429
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/20/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Deep dark almost black, beautiful floral nose of red flowers, huge berries, very heady 16% alcohol, great well integrated soft tannins wit ha long fantastic finish. A great wine.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 95
Author: JWine68
Tasted On: 06/10/2015
Delicious! Enjoyed every drop. Dark fruit flavors with long silky finish. Great now. Still a few more bottles so I look forward to seeing its progression.

Rating: 94
Author: MondovinoVA
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/19/2014
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Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

3465 bottles owned by 991 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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