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2009 Mollydooker "Carnival of Love" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1059899 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The hedonistically styled 2009 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love might not have the elegance and balance of the Velvet Glove, but man oh man does it have richness and depth. Sporting an inky purple color, the wine displays massive amount of blackberry liqueur, licorice, smoked meat, and black olive like aromatics that just come leaping out of the glass. This is followed by a full bodied wine that saturates the palate with sweet fruit, carrying a seamless, polished texture, notable balance, and a finish that just won’t quit. Not for the faint of heart (seriously, if you don’t like Mollydooker, this isn’t going to change your opinion), but this is straight up delicious and a pleasure-seeking delight that you just can’t get from anywhere (or anyone) else. Inner quote mark (6/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dense and chewy, but after an initial hit this backs off to let the gorgeous smoke-tinged black cherry, mulberry, dried tomato and tomato leaf flavors emerge at an almost leisurely pace. There's a sense of refinement underneath the raw power, and the finish holds on expressively. *Top 100 wines of 2010* (HS) Inner quote mark (9/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Carnival of Love is 100% Shiraz coming from a single vineyard of 9 year old vines and matured in 97% new and 3% one year American oak. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it gives intense creme de cassis, vanilla, spice, mocha and licorice notes. Crisp and firmly structured with a high level of grainy tannins, this is a full-bodied, powerful Shiraz with a great deal of ripe dense fruit giving very good persistence. It finishes seriously spicy and just a little hot. Consider drinking this one 2012 to 2019+. Following a challenging 2008 vintage when no Velvet Glove, Gigglepot, Blue Eyed Boy, Enchanted Path or Carnival of Love wines were made, Sparky Marquis and his inimitable Mollydooker line-up is back to firing on all cylinders in 2009. (LPB) Inner quote mark (12/2010)

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