Hand selected as Mollydooker's best parcel of Shiraz this year, this wine is an enchanting experience as it displays a pure expression of all the flavors and nuances you would look for in a great Shiraz. Its bouquet is full of chocolate, licorice, all spice and blackberry fruit with aromatics that go right through to the back of your mouth. With layers of espresso, raisin and chocolate intermixed with toasty vanillan oak, this mouth filling blockbuster is opulent and elegant. The palate is incredibly silky and creamy and the wine will linger in your mouth for minutes after you've tasted it.
The Wine AdvocateDeep garnet-brick colored, the 2005 Carnival of Love displays a more earthy, meaty, gamey character with plenty of coffee and damp loam aromas fused with smoked bacon, some iron ore, Chinese plums, a little floral note and even a bit of truffles character coming through. It is very rich and full-bodied, with the acid line standing out a little from the very concentrated and quite evolved fruit core. Still, it has amazing layers and a lot to give on the very long, licorice-laced finish, even if just a bit warm.
Wine SpectatorBrims with personality, playing its toasty, roasted wheat berry and dusky spice flavors against a vital core of dark, juicy blackberry, plum and cherry fruit. The finish just doesn't quit, with the tannins wrapping it all firmly but gently. Best from 2008 through 2016. 2,894 cases made.