Wine Review – 2007 Mollydooker Enchanted Path, McLaren Vale, Australia


Winery: Mollydooker Wines

Bottling: 2007 Enchanted Path – (Shiraz-Cabernet)

Region: Australia

Sub-Region: McLaren Vale

Estimated Retail Price: $80-$90

Purchase Details: A recurring theme; my buddy who already opened a host of other good stuff proceeded to continue the raiding of the cellar

Tasting Notes: Even though our palates were under assault from an army of premium juice, I was not ready to throw in the towel yet, especially with this wine now up to bat.

On the nose, herbal qualities such as mint, bay and eucalyptus.  No question that in the glass, the color of this wine was an opaque purple and black.  In the mouth, dense, dense and more dense fruit, flavor and earth.  Slick tannins and a long, lasting mouth coating finish punctuated the experience of this wine.

I know Australian wines have a reputation as big bruisers, and this one was just that, but this was also a bruiser that wore a dress to balance out all that muscle.  There’s no doubt that Mollydooker wines can be overwhelming, overbearing and downright over-the-top for many people, but I there’s also a bit of crafty winemaking involved here that keep the wines in check.  Yes, they are pretty darn balanced in my opinion for a wine of this nature.

I would really like to see how this wine evolves with a little bit of cellar time.  What kind of impact will it have in ten years?  I hope my friend has another bottle in stock.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Heavy food with enough flavor and heft to stand up and not get crushed by this wine.  I think this also falls under the “drink by itself,” “dessert in a glass” category.

Winery & Other Background Information: During my time in the shop, I’ve never seen such a flurry of demand from both ends of the wine consumer spectrum .  Collectors wanted these wines because of their high scores from Wine Spectator and Robert Parker, while everyday consumers wanted them for their lush, delicious, crowd-pleasing ability.  Trying to fairly allocate these limited wines, so everyone had an equal opportunity to purchase them was quite the challenge.

Winemakers and owners, Sparkey and Sarah Marquis turn everything they touch into liquid gold.  They’ve had quite the success with brands such as Shirvington, Henry’s Drive, Parson’s Flat and Marquis Phillips before forming Mollydooker.

As winemakers they know how to combine richness, elegance and power to create delicious, crowd-pleasing wines that appeal to a broad range of palates.


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