2009 Mollydooker - Shiraz Velvet Glove 750ml

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

WA 97   WS 96   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Velvet Glove offers ripe and rich black cherry aromas that are very fragrant and youthful with accents of licorice and toast, marmite and blueberry pie. Very spicy, rich and full-bodied in the mouth, it has a bright acid line, medium-firm, grainy tannins and a long and voluptuous length on the finish. Drink it from 2014 to 2025+.

Drink Dates: 2014-2025
Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue: 205

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

Polished, expressive, supple and velvety, glowing brightly with notes of blueberry and black and damson plum, with a panoply of sweet spices. All the flavors meld together with impressive integrity, persisting on the very long, complex finish. Most appealing is the deftness of the balance. 1,498 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 97
Author: Nyles
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/02/2011
Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Robert Parker 97

Rating: 96
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/25/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Visual: inky black and dense. Extending to edges. Beads down the glass. Nose: vanilla, menthol and elusive smoky room that took a while to identify Palate: dark jammy fruit and tobacco. well balanced. High alcohol not evident on the palate. Finish is so long, that the wine can be easily enjoyed alone, over hours. Very luscious and rich, making it easy to savor slowly. This is a special occasion wine, not in the sense of expense, but in the unique richness. One bottle is too much for one person, and should be enough for 2-4 prior to moving on to the wine to be paired with the food. We decanted for an hour. This wine should continue to develop in complexity with time. Wine is still young and will be interesting to try again in a few years.

Average rating: 97, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

128 bottles owned by 69 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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