The Carnival of Love Shiraz is arguably the fullest, most potent expression of McLaren Vale on the market. Experience chasers and cult wine collectors alike covet the wines from Australia’s greatest exponent of wines that appeal to palates aligned with that of Robert Parker.
The fruit weight of this wine is simply extraordinary in lashings of cherry, blackberry and plum jam. Yet there’s an elegance to this wine that’s almost primal, like a force of nature. Made to be loud and expressive using premier McLaren Vale fruit, the Carnival of Love Shiraz needs to be experienced by wine enthusiasts at least once.
'Highly Recommended and #8 on the Top 100 Wines of 2007. 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.'
95 points, Wine Spectator (US).
'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?
Mollydooker (the Australian equivalent of “Southpaw”– both Sparky and Sarah Marquis are left-handed) is the label of the renowned winemaking team of Sparky and Sarah Marquis. This is their second vintage following the schism with The Grateful Palate and the end of their involvement in the hugely successful Marquis Philips project. Total case production is 72,000, down from the 120,000 cases produced under the Marquis Philips label. They have also set up their own importing company in the United States.'
97 points Jay S Miller, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate