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Mollydooker 2011 Carnival Love Shiraz

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Complex and elegant with a wide array of flavours that reveals itself in layers

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The Season
Australia is blessed with seemingly random weather fluctuation, brought about by the relative temperatures of the Pacific and Indian oceans, to our North. On most occasions it is the dry hot “El Nino” that we notice and remember, but in early 2011 the girl child “La Nina” brought Adelaide its record highest rainfall. In each of the first three months of the year, Adelaide and surrounds experienced rainfall heavy enough to cause significant flooding, and there was catastrophic flooding in parts of northern NSW and southern Queensland.

The consequence of such conditions is always disease, starting with Powdery Mildew (which is what your Zucchini get) and progressing to Botrytis or Bunch rot (which is what your Strawberries get). Fortunately the combination of expert vineyard contractors and the Mollydooker’s own canopy management system meant that they escaped relatively unscathed. Because vintage was a little later than usual Mollydooker had some underemployed cellar hands who cut off any diseased bunches in the only two (lowest) spots affected. So the Mollydooker harvested crop was very clean.

The Process
The grapes were grown on the Gateway in McLaren Vale.  Barrel fermented and matured in 100% new American oak.

The Experience
The Carnival of Love so clearly shows the essence of Mollydooker.  It is elegant and the flavour spectrum is intense, seamless, and complete.   Layers of dark fruit and coupled with a gentle hint of spice.  A sumptuous mouth feel and the perfect balance.  

The Facts
Varietal Composition: 100% Shiraz
Appellation:  McLaren Vale, Australia
Barrel Aging: American Oak (100% new)
Alcohol: 15.5%
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: 2.7g/L
Mollydooker was founded in 2005 by a fun-loving husband and wife team, Sarah and Sparky Marquis.  The pair met in winemaking college and for Sparky, it was love at first sight.  Sarah and Sparky shared a passion for life, winemaking, entrepreneurship, and left handedness.  A left-handed couple is rare, add on the love for winemaking, it's even more rare - therein gave to the rise of Mollydooker.  Mollyfooker is an Australian slang for "left-hander".
Mollydooker winery is situated along the southern coast of Australia in a city just outside of Adelaide called McLaren Vale. Adelaide’s climate is cool and rainy in the winter and hot and dry in the summer ideal for growing grapes.  In combination with the growing conditions and the Marquis' trademark vineyard watering system, "Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme"™ (a method that gave way to exceptional fruit), Mollydooker has crafted award winning and highly rated wines.
Mollydooker wine is a work of art on the inside and out.   Not only does each bottle of Mollydooker wine taste delicious, each of their signature labels tell a story about the wine's inspiration - truly a fun-loving piece of art.
Wine Advocate - 93 pts
"Very deep green-purple in color, the 2011 Carnival of Love flaunts a very expressive and fragrant nose with floral notes, roses and potpourri intermingled with toasty black cherries, creme de cassis, chocolate, pepper and accents of cinnamon and cloves. Rich, ripe and full-bodied, this concentrated, single-vineyard 100% Shiraz retains crisp acid, has low to medium levels of soft silky tannins before finishing very harmoniously and long. Drink it from 2014 to 2022+." - Lisa Perotti-Brown

Wine Spectator - 94 pts
"Dense, deep and complex, offering a cascade of cherry, blueberry and clotted cream flavors, with a whole range of spices on a plush texture. This has an arresting presence and finishes with pizzazz. Drink now through 2020. 6,600 cases made." –HS

Past Vintages
2010 - Wine Advocate: 95 pts; Wine Spectator: 94 pts
2009 - Wine Advocate: 93 pts; Wine Spectator: 94 pts
2007 - Wine Advocate: 96 pts; Wine Spectator: 95 pts
Aging Potential: 5-10 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%
Appellation: McLaren Vale, Australia
Barrel Type: American Oak
Body: Full
Color: Dark Purple
Flavor Pairing: Spicy Asian, Herb Roast
Food Pairing: Steak, Shellfish, Duck
On the Nose: Rose, Potpourri, Cloves, Cinnamon, Cassis, Black Cherry
On the Palate: Tannins, Pepper, Cassis, Black Cherry
Serving Recommendation: Room Temperature, Let it Breathe
Texture: Silky, Crisp
Varietal: Shiraz

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