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.
'The 2005 Carnival of Love was the first vintage produced of this wine. It has a deep garnet-brick and pronounced earthy, meaty, gamey aromas with nuances of coffee, damp loam, salami and iron ore over a core of dried plums, potpourri and kirsch. Very rich and full bodied, the fruit is just beginning to mature with a nice line of very crisp acid cutting through and medium level of grainy tannins, finishing very long with some licorice notes.'
98 points, Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
'Deep garnet-brick colored, the 2005 Carnival of Love displays a more earthy, meaty, gamey character with plenty of coffee and damp loam aromas fused with smoked bacon, some iron ore, Chinese plums, a little floral note and even a bit of truffles character coming through. It is very rich and full-bodied, with the acid line standing out a little from the very concentrated and quite evolved fruit core. Still, it has amazing layers and a lot to give on the very long, licorice-laced finish, even if just a bit warm. Drink it to 2020+. '
98 points Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
'Amazingly, the 2005 Carnival of Love ratchets up the level of quality. A selection of the finest Shiraz barrels, it boasts an extraordinary black/purple color, gorgeous notes of blackberry liqueur, camphor, and smoke, and an enormous voluptuousness that would make even Pamela Anderson jealous. Great purity, symmetry, and harmony as well as remarkable balance for such a rich, intense wine, as it sat in the glass espresso, vanillin, white chocolate, and additional black fruits also emerged. It should drink well for a decade, although the winemakers suggest it be consumed over the next four years. If you are wondering what to serve with this beauty, Sarah and Sparky Marquis recommend such fish as marlin, hammerhead, and great white shark, white meats such as snake and crocodile, red meats such as emu and kangaroo, and aged wallaby mild cheese. Yum!'
99 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - Tasted 31 October 2006