Date: May 02/12, Wed Time: 04:30:00-07:30:00 Style: Drop-In
Portfolio Tasting - Mollydooker Winery - In conjunction with B & W Wines, we were pleased to offer another exclusive Fine Wine Reserve tasting during Mollydookers first visit to Ontario. Sparky Marquis was on hand to taste you through the Mollydooker portfolio. (Their wines continuously score in the 90 -99 pt range from most major wine publications).
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. Mollydooker is divided into four tiers beginning with the Lefty Series. Next up the ladder is the Party Series, followed by two wines comprising the Love Series. At the top of the pyramid is one wine, The Velvet Glove.
Truly an amazing line up of wines was made available for our members to taste:
2010 Violinist, Verdelho, McLaren Vale, $29.95 WA=90 pts
"A blend of 1/3 Adelaide Hills fruit and 2/3 McLaren Vale, the 2010 The Violinist Verdelho gives intense aromas of lemon juice, white pepper, coriander seed and a touch of grapefruit peel. Crisp, rich and very full in the mouth (15.5% declared alcohol), this Verdelho provides a great intensity of spiced citrus flavours with some poached pears and apple slices coming through in the long finish. Delicious now, it should remain fresh and vibrant to 2013."
2010 Scooter, Merlot, McLaren Vale, $29.95, WA=90 pts
"Very deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2010 The Scooter Merlot gives pronounced notes of warm plums, blackberry preserves, coconut and baking spices plus a whiff of toasty cedar. Ripe, concentrated and voluptuous in the mouth, it offers tons of vanilla and spice flavours, a medium level of velvety tannins, medium-high acid and a long finish. Drinking beautifully now, it should cellar to 2016+. "
2009 Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale,$32.95, WS=90 pts
"Very ripe, a plush mouthful of creamy, coffee-accented cherry and currant fruit, lingering on the expressive, almost explosive, finish. Has depth and richness, "
2010 Two Left Feet, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, McLaren Vale, $32.95, WA=90 pts
"A blend of 72% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, the 2010 Two Left Feet has a deep garnet-purple color and a slightly closed nose of black currant cordial, mulberries, espresso and tree bark with a whiff of bacon. Full-bodied, ripe, rich and spicy in the mouth, it has a good foundation of crisp acid and a medium level of silky tannins, finishing long. Drinking nicely now, it should keep to 2017+."
2010 Boxer, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, $32.95, WA=91 pts
"Very deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2010 The Boxer Shiraz has notes of warm blackberries and blueberries with nuances of menthol, some spice cake, anise and bacon fat. Concentrated, big, rich and ripe, it offers a very spicy palate with some liquorice and cumin seed coming through, supported by a medium level of velvety tannins, lively acidity and finishing very long. Drink it now to 2017+"
2010 Gigglepot, Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, $54.95, WA=92+ pts
"The 2010 Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon was produced mostly from McLaren Vale fruit with about 10% coming from Langhorne Creek. It has a very deep garnet-black color and offers a well-defined Cabernet nose with plenty of warm cassis, ripe blackberry and chocolate aromas with touches of Provence herbs and cedar. Rich, very full bodied and very fruity in the mouth, it has a medium level of velvety tannins, refreshing acidity and a nice long textured finish. Approachable now, it should drink well to 2020+. "
2009 Blue Eyed Boy, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, $54.95, WA=93 pts
"A blend of Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale fruit, the 2010 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz presents a very deep purple black color and is profoundly scented of warm black berries, blueberry pie filling, liquorice and cloves with hints of Chinese five spice, mocha and cedar. Very rich, powerful and very full bodied, the concentrated fruit is well balanced by a medium to firm level of rounded tannins and lively acid. It has a very long milk chocolate and coconut laced finish. Give this wine another year for the oak to marry and drink it 2013 to 2020+. "
2010 Enchanted Path, 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, $109.95, WA=94 pts
"Blended of 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 Enchanted Path was matured for 12 months in 85% new oak (97% American and 3% French). Very deep purple-black coloured, it gives notes of ripe cassis and black cherry compote over hints of smoked bacon, dark chocolate, espresso, cedar and cloves. Very full bodied, densely packed and opulent in the mouth, it has a medium level of grainy tannins, very crisp acidity and a long finish with some mintiness coming through. Drink it 2014 to 2022+"
2010 Carnival of Love, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, $109.95, WA=95 pts
"Produced of 100% Shiraz from a single vineyard, the 2010 Carnival of Love was aged in American oak, 97% new. Very deep purple-black in color, it is intensely scented of blueberry preserves, creme de cassis and warm black cherries with an undercurrent of baking spices, liquorice, mocha, vanilla, toast and eucalypt. Very full and densely packed with warm blackberry and spice flavours on the palate, it has a solid structure of medium to firm velvety tannins and very crisp acid, giving way to a very long finish. Still quite tight and primary, it should drink best 2014 to 2023+"
2009 Velvet Glove, $225.00, Shiraz - McLaren Vale, WA=97+
"The 2009 Velvet Glove is 100% Shiraz matured in American oak, 97% new. Very deep garnet purple coloured, it gives intense warm blackberry, choco-mint, smoked bacon and marmite-toast aromas with nuances of coffee, roasted nuts and vanilla. Floral notes of violets and potpourri emerge after a few minutes. Very rich, very crisp, concentrated and full, there’s a good backbone of firm, very fine tannins and crisp acid leading into the very long and layered finish. This is a very well balanced, structured wine that should begin to open-out with 2-3 years in bottle, drinking 2014 to 2024+. "
Wow, a great evening this was. Everyone did a good job holding their stemware in their right hand, thus freeing up their left hands to greet... I guess you had to be there to get this one. Fun had by all!