Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
This is a great wine that truly expresses the Cabernet grape. Perfumed with violets and wild berries, it displays strong varietal characters and lovely ripe plum fruit. Seamless and elegant, this wine is charming with lovely rich fruit, fine grain dusty tannins, and a long coffee chocolate finish.
This wine is great with fish, white meats, red meats, salads and cheeses. Optimum drinking: now - 4 years.
"The 2005 Maitre d' Cabernet (32% from Padthaway and 68% from Langhorne Creek) was aged in a combination of American and French oak, 40% of which was new. It is a superb Cabernet Sauvignon offering creamy creme de cassis notes intermixed with hints of licorice, new wood, and spice box. Full-bodied with great intensity, purity, density, and opulence as well as a voluptuous texture, rich mid-palate, and long, full-bodied, supple finish displaying notions of roasted coffee and white chocolate, it is hard to believe Cabernet Sauvignon can hit this level of quality at this price point. These wines are meant to be consumed young, but it is hard to believe these knock-out reds won't last for 5-10 years. Two more expensive Mollydooker cuvees will be reviewed in my full Australian report in the October issue."
Mollydooker (Aussie for left-hander) Wines was established in 2005 by Sarah and Sparky Marquis. Five of their wines have been chosen in the Wine Spectator's "Top 100," and their Carnival of Love Shiraz has made the "Top 100" twice. The winery is on the prime Seaview Ridge in McLaren Vale, South Australia, and the vines are grown according to the Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme to give the grapes the rich flavors that distinguish Mollydooker's wines. Mollydooker makes Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Verdelho. The Velvet Glove Shiraz, with 95%+ Marquis Fruit Weight is superbly complete and complex, with stunny beauty and power. View all Mollydooker WinesLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.