|Wine||Mollydooker “The Carnival of Love”|
|Wine Maker||Sparky Marquis|
Hello once again wine lovers!
I am now happy to bring you a wine that can contend for the SA Wine Guy’s top wines of 2016. Recently I have looked at wines from the 2015 category; now with it being 2016, I am happy to present to you this wine from the Mollydooker Vineyards in McLaren Vale.
The wine I am looking at today is their 2014 Vintage “Carnival of Love” Shiraz. Let’s start of with stating: “This wine has some big shoes to fill.” The 2012 Vintage took out the runner up spot in the world best wine category at the international wine show, and won Winestate’s wine of the year for 2014. Thus, the 2014, has some tough expectations thrusted upon it. How will the SA Wine Guy find their latest vintage? Will this be one of the wines jostling for top spot at the end of the year in my top wines list?
Onto the wine itself:
Aroma: Rich and sweet black fruits and dark cherry, bounce out of the glass and smack you in the face. (Almost as loud as the artwork on the bottle, it is quite a festival that’s for sure.) Traces of chocolate and mocha enter the party from the new oak barrels used to make this wine.
Palate: Rich and luscious but not over bearing, medium to full bodied which attacks you with ample sweet fruit and gathers weight from its secondary flavours, such as mocha and liquorice.
The wine is a rich and lustrous display of Shiraz. Although not as bold as Barossa Valley, it does go beyond the normal characteristics of McLaren Vale Shiraz and into uncharted territory. It’s not as robust as something out of the Barossa, but then it’s not quite as sedate and herbaceous and backed with spice, like you get from traditional McLaren Vale Shiraz. However, it is excellent and I can certainly see why this label has turned many heads with previous vintages. The 2014 is another that can hold its head up high. It has done well for itself.
Drink: Now – 2036
The SA Wine Guy