The 2017 Mollydooker Carnival Of Love Shiraz is an opulent Shiraz from McLaren Vale. Fresh aromas of raspberry and plum, plus a hint of earthiness leads to a full spectrum of flavors from cherry to mocha and spice. Lovely hints of oak offer an undercurrent of fine tannins and subtle vanilla. The soft mouthfeel creates the sense of melted chocolate, yet the lingering finish of berry compote brings the wine to where Shiraz excels.
Varietal Composition: 100% Shiraz
Appellation: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Aging: Barrel fermented and matured in 100% new American oak
94 Points - Wine Advocate
"Say what you will about the Mollydooker wine style or marketing, there's no denying that Sarah Marquis is able to build wonderful texture into her wines. The 2017 Carnival of Love Shiraz frames powerful dark fruit aromas with strong cedar overtones, but the highlight is the high-end Mollydooker texture—somewhere between heavy cream, plush velvet and Asia's finest silk. As in the Blue Eyed Boy, red raspberry notes emerge on the finish, bringing a sense of freshness and balance to this rich, flavorsome wine." -JC, 6/11/19
93 Points - Wine Spectator
"Juicy, soft and plush flavors of root beer–scented cherry and raspberry are spicy and a touch candied, but very generous, showing off caramel and sandalwood accents. Smooth and supple through the long finish, this is impressive for the complexity and focus. Drink now through 2029. 5,204 cases made, 1,692 cases imported." -MW, 4/30/19