As some of you may remember, I recently finished up tasting all the wines in Mollydooker’s Lefty Wine collection. There are two more collections, The Party Wines and The Love Wines. I recently finished tasting both of the wines in the Party Wine series. There is a Shiraz, the 2010 Blue Eyed Boy and a Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 Gigglepot. Since receiving these wines, there has been a new addition to the Party Wines and that is the sparkling Shiraz known as, Miss Molly. I hear Miss Molly is The Boxer’s girlfriend! The Party wines are meant to be fun wines that will be the life of any party. As with all of the Mollydooker wines, they have fun, colorful, and whimsical labels. Without further ado, I present to you, the Mollydooker Party Wines.
First up is the 2010 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz. This wine contains grapes from the Joppich and Birchmore Vineyards in Langhorne Creek and the Kirwin and Mollydooker vineyards in McLaren Vale. This wine is 100% Shiraz and has 70% barrel fermentation in new oak and 30% in one year old American oak.
First things first, one must do the Mollydooker Shake prior to enjoying all Mollydooker reds two years of age and younger. Blue Eyed Boy is a big, full bodied Shiraz. The wine pours a deep seductive purple color in the glass and has long legs upon swirling the wine in the glass. The nose is brimming of dark fruits such as blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry. There are also subtle vanilla, lavender, and spice aromatics as well. The palate is complex with layer after layer of the ripe dark fruits, with hints of baking chocolate, vanilla, and spices. There is some fresh cracked pepper on the back palate as well. The wine has a firm, but smooth tannic structure and finishes very long with a bit of heat from the pepper and spice. This is another complex wine, but I found it to be balanced. It paired well with some simple bacon cheddar burgers which made for a fantastic meal.
This wine sells for $49 per bottle on Mollydooker’s website. A search on the Internet shows the wine selling for anywhere between $30-$53 per bottle across various retailers online. In case you were wondering who the young man is on the label of Blue Eyed Boy, that would be Sarah and Sparky Marquis’ son, Luke.
The other wine in the Party Wines collection is the 2010 Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes hail from the Joppich vineyard and the Prime vineyard in McLaren Vale. Gigglepot is barrel fermented and matured in 80% American oak and 20% French oak using 67% new and 33% one year old barrels.
After taking care of business with the Mollydooker Shake, it’s time to taste the wine. In the glass, the wine pours an alluring, dark garnet color. This is yet, another bold, full-bodied wine. The aromatics are intense. There is a lot going on. You get blackberries, boysenberries, dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and spices on the nose. The palate has just as much going on. The lush blackberries and boysenberries coat the palate. Then comes dark chocolate and spices with a firm tannic structure. The wine finishes long with coffee and soft touches of oak. The wine finishes in a way that makes you anxious to take another sip. This is Mollydooker’s best example of a Cabernet. This wine will pair fantastically with burgers or a juicy New York steak smothered in sautéed mushrooms or for those of you with a sweet tooth, looking for a more exciting pairing, chocolate pairs beautifully with this wine.
This wine sells for $49 per bottle on the Mollydooker website. The range is between $40-$60 across the board with various online wine merchants. The young girl on the label is none other than Sarah and Sparky’s daughter Holly who laughed at herself wearing those silly black glasses, hence, the Gigglepot.
Both these wines delivered on many different levels. Sparky and Sarah do it again by producing more complex and interesting wines that leave you begging for more. Next up are the widely sought after Love Wines. Until then friends.
*These wines were provided as media samples for review.