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Carnival of Love Mollydooker 2014 (WS95)
Carnival of Love Mollydooker 2014
產區：Mclaren Vale, Australia
#30 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Luscious cherry, blackberry and plum jam fruit flavors marry together, forming this powerful yet elegant Shiraz. Made from a selection of McLaren Vale's premier grapes, its deep color and fragrant nose leads to quite a voluptuous palate of fruit intertwined with rich mocha, coffee and chocolate, with traces of licorice and toffee. Carnival of Love offers exceptional complexity while remaining balanced and delightful to drink.
95 Points, Wine Spectator - "Bold, expressive, velvety and generous, with ripe cherry and plum flavors at the core. Complex details of vanilla bean, licorice, Earl Grey tea and gingerbread explode on the long finish. Drink now through 2030. "
95 Points, Tasting Panel - "Shiraz in all its glory! Black currants, blackberries, mulberries -- you name it; licorice, spice and lovely structure; a stunning wine that keeps on giving."
Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Grenache 2005 (ST93,RP91)
Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Grenache 2005
93 points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar (Oct 2007): Deep ruby. Explosive raspberry, blackberry and blueberry scents, along with suave Asian spices and fresh rose. Mouth-filling red berry flavors offer impressive clarity and silky texture for such volume. Velvety tannins add shape to this dense, strikingly sweet fruit bomb. I would be tempted to drink it now, just to wallow in the seductive fruit.
92 points Wine & Spirits (Oct 2008) :This has the dried grape skin character of an Amarone, but with a completely different flavor. Peppermint oil, sour cherry and strawberry scents emerge out of an initially black attack. The underlying earthiness will match short ribs.
91 points Robert Parker Wine Advocate (Oct 2007): The 2005 Grenache Blewitt Springs is leaner and more structured than the Hickinbotham.
91 points Wine Spectator (Oct 2007): Smooth and ripe, with pomegranate and red cherry fruit at the core and a strong overlay of peppery spice. The slightly gritty tannins need cellaring, but this should get there. Best from 2009 through 2015 .
ABOUT THIS VINEYARD
This is a Premier Cru vineyard that, by definition offers a perfect balance of roundness and approachable enjoyability in the short term- however has all the structural components and balance to comfortably cellar for decades. Within the Premier Cru vineyard calibre, each bottle indemnifies its owner with wines that balance short term enjoyment with future decades of pleasure. The site itself is located in Blewitt Springs and was planted in 1920. Old vines provide very small, thick skinned berries and this is evident in the natural expression from this vineyard.
Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (RP92) Stained Label
Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
** This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills’ ‘Grand-Cru’ classification.
92+ points Robert Parker: The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham offers the most saturated color. The aromatics feature Asian spices, violets, and incense along with expressive black fruits. Structured and tannic, bordering on austere on the palate, it is a muscular, brawny effort that will require 6-8 years of cellaring to become approachable.
94 points Vinous : Opaque ruby. Powerful aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, smoky minerals, lavender and Indian spices. Deeply concentrated, palate-staining dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are framed by chewy tannins and pick up strong spice and floral notes with air. Still quite young but already expressive, finishing with lingering notes of sweet dark berries and candied flowers.
Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2005 (WA97,WS95)
Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2005
97 points Robert Parkers Wine Advocate (Oct 2007): The 2005 Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard is opaque purple colored with aromas of crushed rocks, toasty oak, tar, licorice, bacon, blueberry, and blackberry. Muscular and large in scale, it will profit from a decade of cellaring and drink well through 2030. (JM)
95 points Wine Spectator (Oct 2007): Big, rich and juicy, with plum, blueberry and a range of sweet spices. The fine tannins wrap around the generous mouthful of flavors, which linger powerfully. A touch of coffee adds interest, and the finish just doesn't quit. Best from 2010 through 2020.
94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Sep 2007): Saturated purple. Powerful boysenberry, blueberry and licorice aromas are complicated by an amaro like herbal bitterness, with a vanilla and mocha undercurrent adding another element. Broad, sweet and penetrating dark fruit flavors possess stunning density, with palate saturating depth and power. Do you drink this or eat it ? This displays a compellingly balanced shock and awe personality uniquely its own another otherworldly example of this producer's style.
Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2006 (WA97)
Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2006
97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Feb 2009) : The 2006 Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard combines a voluptuous flavor profile with enough ripe tannin to evolve for 6-8 years. Drink it from 2015 to 2031. 97+ (JM)
94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Oct 2008): Opaque violet. Initially brooding nose quickly opened to display powerful raspberry, kirsch and violet scents. Vivid red and dark berry flavors are corralled by nervy minerality and silky tannins, with anise and rose pastille notes building on the back end. Blends depth, sweetness and finesse with a deft hand, finishing with mounting sweetness but no candied character. Pretty cool stuff. (JR)
ABOUT THIS VINEYARD : Part of Clarendon Hills’ ‘Grand Cru’ classification.
The Hickinbotham family are instrumental players in Australian wine history, and Alan Hickinbotham bought this estate in 1960.
Clarendon Hills sources wines from this stately vineyard to produce a single site Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and old-vine Grenache – all detailed by the Hickinbotham family name. Richly compact soils provide depth and a vineyard unique signature across the varietal spectrum. Highly elevated in the sub district of Clarendon - the vines ripen later than most and develop individuality as a result
Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Grenache 2007 (JH94)
Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Grenache 2007 **This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills Grand Cru classification. 94 points James Halliday: “While the colour is slightly more developed than the ’07 Kangarilla Grenache, here the wine is in balance; spice and red berry aromas are followed by a complex palate, adding a touch of forest to the overall expression. Will be long lived if the cork permits.” James Halliday Wine Companion, 2011 93 points eRobertParker.COM: “My favorite of the 2007 Grenache cuvees is the 2007 Grenache Onkaparinga. Aside from being the most approachable, it has the most enticing perfume with its notes of underbrush, incense, lavender, black cherry and blackberry liqueur. Velvety but with some underlying tannin, it has succulent fruit, impeccable balance, and a lengthy finish.” Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com, 2009
Clarendon Hills Romas Grenache 2007 (WS93,WA91)
Clarendon Hills Romas Grenache 2007
93 points Wine Spectator: Firm, slightly gritty in texture, giving way to pure, focused black currant, plum and spice flavors. Weaves in a touch of tar on the long, expressive finish.
91 points Wine Advocate: The 2007 Romas Vineyard Grenache has a medium garnet-purple color and moderately intense dried cherry and mulberry aromas with some spicy fruits of the forest compote and dark chocolate notes. Crisp, concentrated and very spicy on the palate, it offers a medium level of chewy tannins and a long opulent finish.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: The rare Australian Grenache you might consider cellaring for more than a couple of years, the 2007 Romas features dark, plummy fruit accented with hints of coffee and chocolate. It’s full bodied and richly textured without being overly astringent, with a long finish. Drink 2012–2020.
ABOUT THIS VINEYARD:
The Romas Grenache site is located in Blewitt Springs and was planted in 1920.
The 'Romas Grenache' is the steepest, most elevated section of the Blewitt Springs Grenache vineyard.
its uniquely special characters warrant its isolation and quarantine from the lower part of the Blewitt Springs vineyard.
This patch sits at 280 metres above sea level and is approximately 7 Kms to the ocean.
It enjoys a perfect due East aspect on a hillside that in some places reaches above a +40˚ slope gradient.
The old vines struggle to survive on a steep rock hill face with yields a microscopic 0.5 tonne / acre.
Each of the Blewitt Springs, Romas and Onkaparinga Grenache sites are planted on the same hill side. The Blewitt Springs and Romas patches are due East facing and the Onkaparinga site is at the uppermost hilltop/crown area but is western facing. All sites are within 200 metres of each other and offering special and individual expressions.
These vineyards are globally unique - the unparalleled combination of 95+ year old, pre phylloxera vines planted in the oldest geology planet earth - surveyed at 1600 million years old ;produces rare and exotic exhibitions of Grenache, not seen anywhere else in the world.
Underneath these old vines are primordial, ancient formations. There is a complete lack in nitrogenous matter available for plants/vines seeking nutrient and this results in extremely limited growth capabilities (Romas vines are approx 30 cm tall and each site produces less than 1 tonne / acre.
The environment has effectively reduced the output potential of these vines. The rich and ancient minerals present in the root zone of these special 95+ year old vines also impart rare physiological components to the vines and excellent grapes are a result.
Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2006 (eRP95)
Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2006
產區：McLaren Vale, South Australia
The Block 6 vineyard dates back to 1892. Over 110 years later four acres still remain, cropping at extremely low levels, the fruit is of extreme quality. The wine is an excellent example of a big, rich & brooding McLaren Shiraz. After basket pressing & fermentation in open top fermenters built in 1896, the wine is matured for over 2 years in new American & Baltic oak producing intense flavour & great longevity. A wine which will reward patience well.
95 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (erobertparker.com)
The Block 6 Shiraz comes from centurion vines plated in 1896. The 2006 Block 6 Shiraz has a very deep garnet color going a little brick in the rim and an evolved, earthy / gamey nose with notes of mulberries, dried plums, kirsch and tobacco plus menthol, cinnamon stick, licorice and espresso. Rich and full yet elegantly constructed, it presents a medium level of very fine tannins, crisp acid and a long layered finish. A very fine glass now, it should continue to cellar to 2019+.
93 Points James Halliday:
A dark, brooding wine of rather large proportions, but put together with aplomb; at the core there is an abundance of sweet fruit, and the structure is dense, tannic and chewy and requires a little time to soften; should reward patience well.
Mitolo Savitar Shiraz 2006 (WA94)
Mitolo Savitar Shiraz 2006
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate( Oct 2007) : The 2006 Shiraz “Savitar” was aged in 100% new oak, predominantly French. Purple-colored, the aromatics are a bit reticent initially, but soon scents of toasty oak, tar, licorice, scorched earth, and blueberry emerge. This leads to a wine which is more structured and less opulent than its peers. It will evolve for a minimum of 8-10 years and drink well through 2040. As a point of reference, the 2002 Savitar (rated 95) was presented. It is considerably more developed aromatically but still has a significant distance to travel prior to reaching its peak.
93 points Vinous (Sep 2008): Inky violet. Powerful dark berry liqueur and cherry-vanilla on the nose, with sexy floral and incense qualities adding complexity. Broad and juicy, with deeply concentrated blackberry and boysenberry flavors, supple tannins and slow-building anise and sassafras on the back. Generous but focused shiraz with excellent finishing energy and persistence. Still quite primary, but there'd be no crime in drinking this after giving it an hour or so in a decanter.
90 points Wine Spectator( Mar 2008): Firm in texture, with lively blueberry and wild blackberry flavors poking through a layer of fine-grained tannins, finishing with real refinement. 350 cases imported.
Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy 2014
產區：Mclaren Vale, Australia
Winemaker Tasting Note (Blue Eyed Boy Mollydooker): Upon smelling this wine, your senses are immediately drawn in by a bouquet of deep blueberry, rich plum and coffee. These prominent fruit flavours are closely followed by chocolate and lustrous licorice spice with creamy vanilla constantly weaving its way through. This beautifully balanced wine is a classic representation of our Blue Eyed Boy: truly a vibrant, ripe, and indulgent experience.
Mollydooker Gigglepot 2014
產區：Mclaren Vale, Australia
品種：100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Tasting Note (Gigglepot Mollydooker 2014): Showcases the best of what McLaren Vale Cabernet has to offer; dark fruits of blackberry and blackcurrant burst upon first smelling this decadent wine. Expressive layers of violet, rich vanilla cream and mocha coat your palate giving way to deep chocolate and subtle hints of mint. Underlining tannins reinforce these complex and full flavours that continue to develop and linger in your mouth for ages.
評分： Winestate 5 Stars
Dark fruits of blackberry and blackcurrant burst upon first smelling this decadent wine. Expressive layers of violet, rich vanilla cream and mocha coat your palate giving way to deep chocolate and subtle hints of spice.
Mollydooker The Boxer 2016
產區: South Australia
Mollydooker The Maitre D Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Mollydooker The Scooter 2014
產區：Mclaren Vale, Australia
Winemaker's Tasting Note (The Scooter Mollydooker 2014): The Scooter attracts attention with its deep violet colour and profound fruit flavour. A perfumed nose of dark cherries, fresh plum and touches of caramel lead the way to a silky mouth feel of softened red currants and licorice spice. The subtle tannins, cedar oak and balance of rich fruit, beautifully exemplify this McLaren Vale Merlot.
Mollydooker Two Left Feet 2016
產區：Mclaren Vale, Australia
Cabernet, Merlot Winemaker Tasting Note (Two Left Feet Mollydooker 2014): A generous array of bright fruit flavour with outstanding depth, gives this wine the approachable and engaging qualities it’s become adored for. Showcasing every character in our flavour spectrum, including raspberry, plum, deep mocha and licorice. All the elements interweave themselves harmoniously throughout each sip and work together in a way that achieves the subtle mouth feel of a truly delightful wine.
Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2007
Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2007
產區： McLaren Vale, Australia
94 points James Halliday (7/2009) : Unflinchingly in the biggest is best camp; deeply coloured, with luscious, mouthfilling black fruits and dark chocolate; demands that you share the bottle with three others and order a thick rump steak. Not my style, but well-made.
93 points Wine Spectator (7/2009) : Ripe and peppery, with a spicy note weaving over the black cherry, dried tomato, licorice and mint flavors that keep pulsing through the long, expressive finish. Best from 2010 through 2017.
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (7/2009) : Saturated ruby. Intensely floral, high-pitched aromas of black raspberry, mulberry, violet and rose, lifted by a pungent peppery quality. Spicy dark berry flavors gain flesh and sweetness with air, picking up a smoky mineral quality and a note of candied violet. Finishes juicy and very long, with berry skin and floral notes.
92 points Wine Enthusiast (2/2010) : Somewhat precariously balanced at 15.7% alcohol, this may not turn out to be the most long-lived Shiraz, but it is delicious for current consumption. The tannins are soft and creamy in texture, while the blueberry and black berry fruit is intensely concentrated, tinged with nuances of vanilla, menthol and chocolate.
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate ((JM) 12/2009): My favorite of the Garden Series is the 2007 Shiraz Lily’s Garden from McLaren Vale. Purple-colored, it has an enticing perfume of balsam wood, lavender, incense, pepper, bacon, and blueberry. With excellent grip and balance, this smooth-textured, savory Shiraz will improve over the next 2-3 years and drink well through 2020.