94 Points Wine Spectator: #98 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012: Dense, rich and distinctive, this is superplush and complex, yet also approachable, wrapping its black cherry, cassis, licorice and roasted meat flavors on a supple, velvety frame. Finishes long and creamy in texture. Drink now through 2020.
Sarah and Sparky Marquis, the winemaking couple behind Mollydooker, have established an impressive track record with the Carnival of Love Shiraz. The wine has been a Wine Spectator Top 100 selection four times since the 2006 vintage, its second release. The grapes come from the westernmost section of the Gateway Vineyard, the same site that produces the Mollydooker Shiraz Velvet Glove. Carnival is fermented in 100 percent new American oak barrels. 6,328 cases made.
Our whole family is involved in making our wines, and all the wonderful people who drink them become our friends, so we named this wine Carnival of Love, because the wines bring us together.
If you look closely you will notice that the Lefty characters are all included in the label and when you join the Carnival of Love and the Enchanted Path together, the two labels form one beautiful continuous love story.
The grapes were grown on the Gateway vineyard in McLaren Vale.
Barrel fermented and matured in 100% new American oak.