W hen the latest release of MollyDooker hits it’s kinda fun especially if there’s a tasting tied to it. The Vineyard had a MollyDooker tasting this weekend… with one slight variation—since MollyDooker doesn’t have many whites to speak of Roger included a nice Australian Viognier/Marsanne blend to start. Michel Chapoutier Tournon Mathilda has a dry fruitiness to it.
After that is was reds all the way.
First was the MollyDooker Two Left Feet. This “dense” Shiraz, Merlot and Cab blend needs to open a bit but as it opens the tannins calm down and the ripe fruit flavors start to emerge. If you are patient enough, which was a challenge for me, it starts to smooth out a bit. The tasting notes mention vanilla and mixed spice which I started to find as it opened.
Second red was the MollyDooker Scooter Merlot. This is not a California Merlot. Nice body. The fruit profile is pronounced. Very drinkable. Like the tasting notes says, more plum like flavors. The spiciness doesn’t get in the way of the fruit.
The MollyDooker Maitre D’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a taste of heaven. I wish all cabs tasted this way. I tried to decipher my tasting notes but I can’t read them. I was too busy enjoying my 2 oz. sample.
The MollyDooker Boxer Shiraz was to me more typical of many Shiraz, a bit more acidic that other grapes but nice mouthfeel and flavors.
But the big wine of the tasting was the last, the MollyDooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz. This one tastes like no Shiraz I’ve ever had. This drinks like a $100 cab. Not to say it tastes like a cab. Super smooth and velvety. I noticed it is aged in American Oak. Explains the smoothness.
Roger showed me a bottle of the MollyDooker Velvet Glove. This wine was not in the tasting since it’s $160 price puts it out of the tasting range. It has a great repetition. Several years ago an accident in their warehouse destroyed the majority of that year’s vintage. Many wine lovers the world over were heartbroken.
This was a great tasting. I can see why most MollyDooker wines sell out shortly on arrival. Legend has it that they got such a high rating from Robert Parker on their very first vintages that all their wines were sold in 19 days and all their debts paid off. I think they got it right the first time and have managed to keep it right.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, 5-7 PM and Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, 5-7 PM.
Cost: $20 for the flight & food pairings
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):
- Michel Chapoutier Tournon Mathilda 2013
- MollyDooker Two Left Feet 2016
- MollyDooker Scooter Merlot 2016
- MollyDooker Maitre D’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
- MollyDooker Boxer Shiraz 2016
- MollyDooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz 2015
Here are the detailed wine notes:
Michel Chapoutier Tournon Mathilda 2013 | Austrailia
85% Viognier, 15% Marsanne. The wine is entirely aged in stainless steel tank on lees for 5 months. Pale gold in color. The nose is fresh crisp and fruity with stone fruit in abundance. Supple and fresh attack, with great minerality and fruit weight. 91 Points Wine Spectator.–From their Website
MollyDooker Two Left Feet 2016 | Australia
Shiraz, Merlot & Cab. Ripe fruits of dark cherry, blackberry, plum and raspberry are complimented by the secondary notes of vanilla and mixed spices. The silky, satin like fruit profile, encompassed by lovely ripe tannins, cascades effortlessly through the palate.–From their Website
MollyDooker Scooter Merlot 2016 | Australia
This vibrant and lifted Merlot exudes rich plum flavours with undertones of both red and dark fruits with a soft touch of oak. As the wine develops in the glass, layers of chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom spices come to the fore. The soft mouthfeel and tannin integration allow for all the beautiful flavours of this wine to shine through.–From their Website
MollyDooker Maitre D’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | Australia
This Cabernet is awash with notes of cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant. The rich fruit flavours, coupled with the soft tannins adds to the wine’s complexity. A lingering aftertaste of intense fresh plum and spice finishes this wine off beautifully.–From their Website
MollyDooker Boxer Shiraz 2016 | Australia
This Shiraz has hints of spiced plums, blackberry jam and cherry all at the fore and finishes with coffee cream, licorice and vanilla. Full bodied with vibrant berry fruit characteristics, yet elegant with restrained tannins, resulting in a soft mouthfeel.–From their Website
MollyDooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz 2015 | Australia
The Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz has an incredibly lifted nose. Aromas of ripe blackberry, dark cherry and mocha greet you, followed by rich black liquorice and vanilla pod notes. The careful use of American oak hums seamlessly in the background and finishes with a beautiful creamy mouthfeel. The Fruit Weight and intensity of the Blue-Eyed Boy never ceases to amaze us.–From their Website