Mollydooker Enchanted Path Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
|Region||Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale|
"The 2006 Shiraz (66%) - Cabernet Sauvignon (34%) "Enchanted Path" was made entirely from McLaren Vale fruit. Opaque purple-colored, the wine has a fragrant bouquet of pain grille, leather, smoked meat, game, blueberry, and blackberry. This is followed by a structured wine with intense, spicy black fruit flavors, full-body, and superb balance. It is still tightly wound and will benefit from 6-8 years of cellaring. This promising effort should drink well through 2030. Mollydooker (the Australian equivalent of "Southpaw"- both Sparky and Sarah Marquis are left-handed) is the label of the renowned winemaking team of Sparky and Sarah Marquis. This is their second vintage following the schism with The Grateful Palate and the end of their involvement in the hugely successful Marquis Philips project. Total case production is 72,000, down from the 120,000 cases produced under the Marquis Philips label. They have also set up their own importing company in the United States. Mollydooker has been divided into four tiers beginning with "The Lefty Series". These five wines are line-priced at $20. Next up the ladder is "The Party Series" priced at $50 a bottle, followed by two wines comprising "The Love Series" priced at $80. At the top of the pyramid is one wine, "The Velvet Glove" Shiraz priced at $175."
Supple in texture and deftly balanced despite its size, this is a big wine that dances smoothly on the palate, while showing off its rich cherry, blueberry and sweet spice flavors. The parts melt together seamlessly as the finish rolls on and on. Drink now through 2016. 3,279 cases made.