Mollydooker

Carnival of Love McLaren Vale Shiraz

9.3637 ratings
9.354 pro ratings
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Beef, Venison, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Lamb, Pasta, Potato, Mushrooms, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Pork, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Shawn R

You either love it or hate it...

You either love it or hate it...

Jun 8th, 2018
Ron R
9.2

Beautiful nose of jam compote. Not as dense as previous vintages. Need to give this some air time. Great fruit, but finished a touch tart.
I’ll come back to this.
Im back. It’s put on weight. More opulent now.

Beautiful nose of jam compote. Not as dense as previous vintages. Need to give this some air time. Great fruit, but finished a touch tart.
I’ll come back to this.
Im back. It’s put on weight. More opulent now.

May 28th, 2018
Mike R
9.4

Thank you @Martin G Rivard and what a great wine - all smiles

Thank you @Martin G Rivard and what a great wine - all smiles

Feb 27th, 2018
Severn Goodwin

Raspberry compote and ripe raspberry, almost a 'Fruit by the Foot' profile. Still some oak present, and slightly hot from the alcohol still, consistent with other Australian wines with the same bottle age. This is under screwcap, perhaps that's contributing to the freshness. Subsequent bottles should be 2020-2024.

Raspberry compote and ripe raspberry, almost a 'Fruit by the Foot' profile. Still some oak present, and slightly hot from the alcohol still, consistent with other Australian wines with the same bottle age. This is under screwcap, perhaps that's contributing to the freshness. Subsequent bottles should be 2020-2024.

Feb 11th, 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
Chris Morgan

Sommelier The Oceanaire Seafood Room

9.3

Rich, hedonistic, indulgent. Plum pudding, new saddle, blackberry cobbler, potpourri, fresh-rolled cigar, black sausage. Great glass for a nightcap instead of a Port or PX Sherry.

Rich, hedonistic, indulgent. Plum pudding, new saddle, blackberry cobbler, potpourri, fresh-rolled cigar, black sausage. Great glass for a nightcap instead of a Port or PX Sherry.

1 person found it helpfulMar 28th, 2015