2014 Mollydooker Shiraz The Velvet Glove

Year: 2014
Appellation: McLaren Vale
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 16.5%
Price :

"Dark, rich and bold, with a velvety richness to the dense tannins, providing the backbone for thick flavors of black walnut liqueur, blueberry syrup, sandalwood and espresso. Gains intensity on the long finish. Not for the faint of heart. Drink now through 2030. 1,023 cases made. –MW " (WS)

"Full-bodied, rich and chewy, this is a big, bold wine. Ample oak frames black cherry and cassis fruit, adding hints of vanilla and dark chocolate to the fudge-like impression. Warmth suffuses the palate, but doesn't quite progress to full-blown high-alcohol heat. There's no doubting its impressive intensity and ripeness. Drink now–2025."(WE)

Past vintages:
2010 Velvet Glove – WA 97 pts. WS 96 pts.
2009 Velvet Glove – WA 97+ pts. WS 96 pts.
2007 Velvet Glove – WA 98 pts. WS 96 pts.
2006 Velvet Glove – WA 99 pts. WS 97 pts.

Winery Notes:
Viticulture Report:
Almost the perfect vintage. We had heat in January, some rain in February just when we needed it, and perfect ripening weather in March with temperatures in the mid 20s (77F). The openness of the canopies and ventilation in the fruit zone gave us lovely clean fruit.

Winery Report:
Most of our fruit came in in April, producinggreat colour and depth. The reds went through primary and malolactic fermentation and barrel maturation in record time. The resulting 2014 wines are amazing.

Winemaker Tasting Notes:
Deep dark purple in colour, Velvet Glove indulges your senses with fresh berries, plum, vanilla, liquorice and hints of clove. Intense chocolate layers, accompanied with luscious cherry and blackberry fruits result in a rich and opulent mouthfeel. With beautiful balance and finesse, its finely poised tannins and concentrated flavours shine radiantly long after the first sip.