Mollydooker

Carnival of Love McLaren Vale Shiraz

9.3663 ratings
9.367 pro ratings
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Top Notes For
Shawn R

14 vintages drinks really well right now.

14 vintages drinks really well right now.

Apr 10th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Deep ruby red with garnet edges. Dark berries and plums in the nose with some cinnamon, spices and some olives. Medium tannins (6/10) and full bodied. Rich palate with layers of plums, dark spices, caramel and some earthiness. Drink till 2025.

Deep ruby red with garnet edges. Dark berries and plums in the nose with some cinnamon, spices and some olives. Medium tannins (6/10) and full bodied. Rich palate with layers of plums, dark spices, caramel and some earthiness. Drink till 2025.

Dec 24th, 2018
Eric Bass

Holiday cheer!!

Holiday cheer!!

Dec 18th, 2018
Jordan Dave

My favorite of the Dooker's :

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+.

My favorite of the Dooker's :

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+.

7 people found it helpfulOct 25th, 2014
Michael Callahan

Very full body. Baked blue berry. Cedar. Dark inky color. Dark fruit. Steak wine. 8.

Very full body. Baked blue berry. Cedar. Dark inky color. Dark fruit. Steak wine. 8.

4 people found it helpfulJul 14th, 2014
Tom Wood

Been a while since I've had this badboy, oxygen is doing some interesting things to it. So ripe and rich. Never picked up on it before but there's a giant hit of toasted raisin bread much similar to that of hot cross buns coming through nestled in amongst mascherano cherry, spiced plum jam, fig paste, black olive, licorice all sorts, black cherry, leather and tar. There's also a sweet oak note with hints of salted caramel, toffee and mocha. Rich, thick almost fortified-esque in its sludge-like texture, the palate delivers candied raspberry and blackberry jam. Tannins are there but subtle and silky whilst there is still some juicy acid to it. Points for balance, complexity and certainly length.. Served at room temp shows its alcohol, serve at 18°.

Been a while since I've had this badboy, oxygen is doing some interesting things to it. So ripe and rich. Never picked up on it before but there's a giant hit of toasted raisin bread much similar to that of hot cross buns coming through nestled in amongst mascherano cherry, spiced plum jam, fig paste, black olive, licorice all sorts, black cherry, leather and tar. There's also a sweet oak note with hints of salted caramel, toffee and mocha. Rich, thick almost fortified-esque in its sludge-like texture, the palate delivers candied raspberry and blackberry jam. Tannins are there but subtle and silky whilst there is still some juicy acid to it. Points for balance, complexity and certainly length.. Served at room temp shows its alcohol, serve at 18°.

2 people found it helpfulMay 3rd, 2016
Tom Wood

This had been opened for 8 hours. Layer upon layer of intense dark fruit and milk chocolate coat the palate and they don't wanna leave.

This had been opened for 8 hours. Layer upon layer of intense dark fruit and milk chocolate coat the palate and they don't wanna leave.

2 people found it helpfulJun 9th, 2015
Aaron Means

Delivers the goods if you can appreciate that overripe, highly extracted style of Shiraz. My wife loves this one. 16%abv and has to be chilled slightly to subdue the alcohol spike. But loads and LOADS of cassis, smoky fruit, fruit, and did I say,....more fruit. Not for the faint of heart.

Delivers the goods if you can appreciate that overripe, highly extracted style of Shiraz. My wife loves this one. 16%abv and has to be chilled slightly to subdue the alcohol spike. But loads and LOADS of cassis, smoky fruit, fruit, and did I say,....more fruit. Not for the faint of heart.

2 people found it helpfulOct 10th, 2014
Nico Suave

Nico had this 7 months ago

Nico had this 7 months ago

1 person found it helpfulMar 6th, 2019
Shawn R

You either love it or hate it...

You either love it or hate it...

1 person found it helpfulJun 8th, 2018