Mollydooker

Carnival of Love McLaren Vale Shiraz

9.3624 ratings
9.351 pro ratings
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Top Notes For
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
Mark Geller

Great wine. Me like.

Great wine. Me like.

1 person found it helpfulJul 5th, 2014
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Ripe, ruby, juicy; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, roses for days, strawberries follow, light lifting spices. Black licorice, cinnamon, clove nutmeg, ripe cherries come on late, beautiful acidity. The finish is a great balanced of ripe fruits, florals with black licorice at the very end. Photos of the grounds.

Ripe, ruby, juicy; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, roses for days, strawberries follow, light lifting spices. Black licorice, cinnamon, clove nutmeg, ripe cherries come on late, beautiful acidity. The finish is a great balanced of ripe fruits, florals with black licorice at the very end. Photos of the grounds.

Apr 10th, 2017
Aaron Rogers

Really a massive wine that only gets better as it opens up. Delicious

Really a massive wine that only gets better as it opens up. Delicious

Feb 6th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Thank you so much Santa @Martin G Rivard! Love it and cannot wait to try out the Velvet. Deep purplish red, really a tooth stainer. Classic Aussie Shiraz nose with caramel, vanilla, and other baking spices. Undertones of dark fruits and some savory herbs too. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied for sure. Super rush and dark on the palate. Started off a little tight with a bit of dark fruits, light eucalyptus and anise. After a few hours this baby began to sing with an onslaught of dark berries and bramble berries. Love it! Pretty well rounded especially for having an alcohol content of 16.5%. Definitely built for a decade plus. Will be trying more MollyDooker in the future! Drink till 2032.

Thank you so much Santa @Martin G Rivard! Love it and cannot wait to try out the Velvet. Deep purplish red, really a tooth stainer. Classic Aussie Shiraz nose with caramel, vanilla, and other baking spices. Undertones of dark fruits and some savory herbs too. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied for sure. Super rush and dark on the palate. Started off a little tight with a bit of dark fruits, light eucalyptus and anise. After a few hours this baby began to sing with an onslaught of dark berries and bramble berries. Love it! Pretty well rounded especially for having an alcohol content of 16.5%. Definitely built for a decade plus. Will be trying more MollyDooker in the future! Drink till 2032.

Dec 24th, 2016