2005 Ballast Stone Petit Verdot (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Currency Creek / McLaren Vale)

It’s not often that one gets the opportunity to taste a single varietal Petit Verdot so I took one and tried this wine. As one would expect the color is deep purple. The nose shows violets, spice box and a mineral hint. In the mouth this wine is thick and chewy with black cherry and anise spice. A little goes a long way. It’s clear why winemakers use this wine in dribs and drabs to blend with the Bordeaux varietals because it’s powerful stuff.  This wine comes from South Australia as well so it’s very fruit forward. Interesting for a one off try but not all that exciting.

2007 Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy (McLaren Vale)

Deep, almost black color. Big nose full of blueberry syrup, cedar and smoke. Huge flavors of black raspberry, pepper and blueberry. Very, very fruit forward. This wine is classic Mollydooker in style and substance. Fruit for this Shiraz comes from the McLauren Vale area of South Australia. This wines needs rich or spicy food to be fully enjoyed.

Published in: on January 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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2006 Tir Na N’og Grenache (South Australia, McLaren Vale)

Tir Na NogDark inky purple in color. The nose has distinct notes of licorice and tobacco. Across the palate this wine has an interesting medleyof black fruit, citrus and and a touch of smoke. The fruit for this wine comes from old vine Grenache vineyards in the McLauren Vale in South Australia. As these vines are old their yields are low so the flavors the fruit  produces are more intense.  Well put together, easy drinking and light enough for summer enjoyment.

2007 Mollydooker Cabernet Sauvignon The Maitre D’

A very dark shade of purple. The nose is full of spice and red cherry. Very fruit forward with flavors of cherry, currant and vanilla. The tannins are fine grained and integrate well. Almost a hint of rock salt on the finish which is medium length. Cabernet Sauvignon purist would say that this wine is ultra ripe. If you enjoy left bank Bordeaux, this wine might be a bit over the top for you. It’s fruit forward and showy but not overbearing. Classic Aussie Cabernet and that remains true tothe Mollydomollydooker_maitre-doker style. Drink now as this one is built for enjoyment in the near term.

2007 Two Hands Shiraz Angels Share (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale)

two-hands_angels-shareNose gives up raspberry and a touch of cedar. The flavors across the palate are more raspberry and spicy plum. The balance of fruit and acidity is more elegant than you would expect from this region. The finish is fairly tannic and is long lasting. Excellent Aussie Shiraz for the money.

Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 12:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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2005 Bleasdale Langhorne Crossing (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Langhorne Creek)

The nose is full of red cherry. Across the palate there are hints of currant and spice but they are overwhelmed by a strong cranberry note. Lacks complexity and any sort of finish. Not flawed in anyway but nothing very good to reference either.

Published in: on January 16, 2009 at 12:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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