Mollydooker Carnival of Love McLaren 2018

Mollydooker Carnival of Love McLaren 2018

$165.00

Mollydooker’s 2018 Carnival of Love Shiraz is more red-fruited and structured than I expected, given the wine’s stated 16% alcohol. Raspberries and cedar mark the nose, with hints of chocolate, espresso and baking spices. In the mouth, it’s full-bodied, dense and powerful, with ripe but firm tannins supporting the bright berry flavors, then easing into a long, velvety and mouthwatering finish. It should drink well for around a decade, but if you’re shy of tannins, you may want to wait another year or two before opening.

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End of July 2020, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 31st Jul 2020 (RP-94)

Mollydooker's 2018 Carnival of Love Shiraz is more red-fruited and structured than I expected, given the wine's stated 16% alcohol. Raspberries and cedar mark the nose, with hints of chocolate, espresso and baking spices. In the mouth, it's full-bodied, dense and powerful, with ripe but firm tannins supporting the bright berry flavors, then easing into a long, velvety and mouthwatering finish. It should drink well for around a decade, but if you're shy of tannins, you may want to wait another year or two before opening.
Drink Date 2020 - 2027

Source: Winemaker,

WHAT IS THE CARNIVAL OF LOVE?
This is as life should be - a Carnival of Love. A place where everyone wants to be, and no one wants to leave.

TASTING NOTES:
A bold, lively and expressive Shiraz, the 2018 Carnival of Love begins with raspberry and cassis leading the aromatics, with soft hints of butterscotch. The red fruits are rich with layers of toffee and coconut weaving through the darker plummy fruit that fills the palate. Mocha and spice add more dimensions to an already impressive array of flavours, creating a true celebration of single vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz.
WA 94pts; WS 93pts

TECHNICAL NOTES:
The grapes were grown on the Gateway vineyard in McLaren Vale. Barrel fermented and matured in 100% American oak, using 100% new barrels. The required Marquis Fruit Weight™ for the Love Series is 85% – 95%. The Actual Fruit Weight for 2018 Carnival of Love 88%.

Alcohol: 15.5%
Residual Sugar: 0.7 (g/L)
pH: 3.54

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