mclaren-vale

2008 Tir Na N'Og Old Vines Grenache

Feeling mighty Irish for this Tir Na N'Og (Land of the Youth) wine! Red cherries and red raspberries on the nose along with hints of bramble and pepper. Wow, EXCELLENT on the palate! Peppered cherries and strawberries with nice acidity. Happy St. Patty’s Day! 

5/5 bones

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Grenache

14.5% abv

McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA

2012 Mollydooker The Maître D’ Cabernet Sauvignon

May I serve you some CabSauv from McLaren Vale in Australia? Deep, dark fruit on the nose - cassis jam, baking spices, pie crust, brown sugar, and bourbon vanilla. Cassis and blackberry jam on the palate with the rest of the pie ingredients! If you like fruit-forward wines, this is a good one! Acidity is there to keep it in balance. 

3/5 bones

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Cabernet Sauvignon

15.5% abv

McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA

2007 Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz

Feelin’ some love for this hot wine from Australia. Blackberries, blueberries, asphalt, tar, charcoal, tea, cinnamon, and a hint of grilled meat on the nose. Macerated blackberries and blueberries on the palate with black tea and a black licorice finish. Very fruit forward but with nice acidity. Doesn’t have the depth of other wines but still enjoyable. 

3/5 bones

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Shiraz

16% abv

McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA

2012 Mitolo Jester Shiraz

It’s New Year’s Eve! Time to get my masquerade party on with this awesome Aussie Shiraz! Luscious red and black fruit, dark spices, leather, wood, and blackberry jam on the nose. Tannins are soooooo smooth on the palate. Tons of red fruit initially, making way for blackberries and leather mid-palate, finishing with VERY ripe raspberries. Really delicious. Here’s to 2015, everybody! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

5/5 bones

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Shiraz

14.5% abv

McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA

2014 Red Heads Studio Yard Dog White

Just sittin’ pretty in my library! Very nice nose on this one - lemon, lime peel, white stone, white florals, pear, hint of petrol, and a smidgen of tropical fruit.  Waxy mouthfeel on the palate. Sweeter citrus and tropical fruit. Acidity from the Riesling keeps the wine in balance. Great mix of three interesting grapes!

5/5 bones

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Viognier, Semillon, Riesling

12.5% abv

McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA

2005 Mollydooker Enchanted Path Shiraz

This wine packs a punch. Blackberries, fruit leather, black cherry compote, fresh leather, smoke, eucalyptus, and mint on the nose. Full, rich, and ripe on the palate with dripping blackberries, black cherry compote, dark fruit jam, molasses, and mint. As you know, I don’t generally love the overly fruity, one-dimensional wines. This one, however, is hedonistic without going over the top into just plain sinful. Nice balance and acidity keep the VERY ripe fruit in check. This one is worth trying if you like some serious fruit!

4/5 bones

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Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

16% abv

McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA

Photo by Cassie Rogala

WINE TASTING: 2009 Molly Dooker “The Maitre D”.

It seems like I read a new article every day panning big, high octane new world wines but sometimes they are exactly what the doctor ordered.

This inky unctuous Cabernet from McLaren Vale is as near black as wine can get, hinting at the BIG flavors residing in its depths.

Chocolate, black and blue fruit, pain grille and asian spice notes are all covered in vanilla. As Gary Vaynerchuck would say, the oak monster is definitely here, but in a very pleasurable way.

This Aussie red has a ton of mouthfeel completely coating the palate from the first. Smooth as can be with very ripe tannins, what separates this wine from most fruit bombs is its acid, which carries all those big flavors to the back of the palate.

The best way to describe this wine is deliciously decadent, in the same way that a triple chocolate cake can be. It’s not the most complex wine in the world but sometimes a simple piece of cake can be better than the most ornate dessert.

Rating: 90+

ABV: 15%

Avg. Retail Price: $26

-SAS