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MOLLY DOOKER Carnival of Love 2006

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MOLLY DOOKER Carnival of Love 2006

MOLLY DOOKER Carnival of Love Shiraz, McLaren Vale
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MOLLY DOOKER Carnival of Love Shiraz, McLaren Vale
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2006
  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Code: MDCOL
  • Varietal: Shiraz
  • Country: Australia

Region McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale wine region is located between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Gulf of St Vincent just South of Adelaide in South Australia. Historically it was John Reynell who established Chateau Reynella in 1838, and Thomas Hardy who purchased the historic Tintara in 1876, that kick started the development of the McLaren Vale wine industry. The climate is generally considered warm, although different aspects, altitude and the effect of the cooling ocean breezes moderate the climate within the different sub-regions of the Vale. A large number of soil types are present, although red-brown loams dominate. The biggest viticultural challenge is the potential for drought and the overall lack of water. Full bodied, robust and plush reds typify the McLaren Vale style. Plantings are dominated by Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, with smaller plantings of whites including Semillon, and Chardonnay. More recent plantings of Mediterranean varieties particularly suited to the climate, including Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Savagnin and Fiano have also been very successful.

Winery MOLLY DOOKER

Langton’s Selections Mollydooker Velvet Love Shiraz, Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz ‘Mollydooker’ means left handed in Australian lingo. The winery, located on Coppermine Road in McLaren Vale, was set up by the highly energetic, successful (and both left-handed!) husband and wife winemaking team Sara and Sparky Marquis who have had a hand in various ventures including Fox Creek, Parson’s Flat, Shirvington and Marquis-Phillips. The Mollydooker is already achieving huge interest in the American market. The marketing is brilliantly conceived. The wines are tiered at various price points. The Velvet Glove Shiraz is the most expensive wine and is in a league of its own. Then there is the Lefty, Party and Love series all priced to meet the demands in specific market niches. The Mollydooker Shake (which is just an old fashioned method of aerating wine in the glass), the Marquis Fruit Weight and Vineyard Watering Programme (curiously spelt in Australian English) are all ca
Langton’s Selections Mollydooker Velvet Love Shiraz, Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz ‘Mollydooker’ means left handed in Australian lingo. The winery, located on Coppermine Road in McLaren Vale, was set up by the highly energetic, successful (and both left-handed!) husband and wife winemaking team Sara and Sparky Marquis who have had a hand in various ventures including Fox Creek, Parson’s Flat, Shirvington and Marquis-Phillips. The Mollydooker is already achieving huge interest in the American market. The marketing is brilliantly conceived. The wines are tiered at various price points. The Velvet Glove Shiraz is the most expensive wine and is in a league of its own. Then there is the Lefty, Party and Love series all priced to meet the demands in specific market niches. The Mollydooker Shake (which is just an old fashioned method of aerating wine in the glass), the Marquis Fruit Weight and Vineyard Watering Programme (curiously spelt in Australian English) are all catch phrases to capture the imagination and attention of the market. The philosophy is to make wines that make you say “WOW!” The wines are all highly pointed by Robert Parker Jr.’s protégé and stand-in Australian wine reviewer Jay Miller. The Carnival of Love Shiraz (already on the secondary wine market), Velvet Glove Shiraz, Enchanted Path Shiraz Cabernet, Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon and Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz – which have all cracked above 95 points – all sound like names from a Walt Disney cartoon. However the American market is lapping it all up. So what’s wrong about making wine fun? Some wines are appearing on the Australian secondary wine market already and are going “gangbusters”. Mollydooker is a long way from finding its real place in the serious Australian ultra-fine wine market. However, the whole concept of Mollydooker is genius of some kind. Andrew Caillard
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