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Mollydooker Enchanted Path 2012

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Winemaker Notes

When making the Enchanted Path we make the Carnival of Love first and then blend it with our very best parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon. We don't make it according to a formula - Sarah tastes the wines and imagines the blend, Sparky does it scientifically, but so far they have agreed on a blend of approximately 67% COL and 33% Prime Cabernet. This year however, the Prime Cabernet developed so well during oak maturation, and blended so well with the COL, that we found that the perfect blend was 60% COL and 40% Prime.

Enchanted Path celebrates our journey in life and winemaking.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Dark and focused, expansive and juicy, with blackberry and black olive notes at the core. Offers hints of licorice and floral as the finish expands. Delivers ample depth, poise and expressiveness. Drink now through 2020. 1,327 cases made.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The very deep purple-black colored 2012 Enchanted Path is a blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that offers a lovely perfume of cassis and black cherry compote, some pencil shavings, vanilla and mocha notes. Very full, rich and powerful with a nice backbone of firm, fine tannins and refreshing acid, it finishes long. Drink it now to 2022+. Rating: 92+
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Mollydooker, McLaren Vale, Australia
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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.

McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol, with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style, as are ripe, tropical-fruited Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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