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Wine Advocate reviews Noon and Mollydooker

The Wine Advocate has recently published its scores for the 2016 vintage wines of Noon and Mollydooker, following visits to both wineries by Joe Czerwinski. Both estates received impressive scores, with two wines over 95 points for each.

Noon

2016 Reserve Shiraz – 96 pts
The 2016 Shiraz Reserve is a star, marrying hints of mint with dark chocolate, blackberries and black olives. Full-bodied and plush, it features a lovely velvety texture that persists right to the end of the long finish. Big, powerful and intense, it retains a sense of softness and elegance, driven by the fineness of the tannins and notions of red raspberries that appear on the finish.

2016 Eclipse – 96 pts
The 2016 Eclipse is 87% Grenache, 8% Graciano and 5% Shiraz, all off the McLaren Vale estate vineyard. As it almost seems to, it boasts gorgeous aromas of raspberries, accented by a range of herbs and spices that include notes of orange zest, bay leaf and rose petals. It’s full-bodied, with assertive but silky tannins that should help preserve the wine’s freshness as it ages. Although full-bodied, it handles its alcohol well, showing just a trace of warmth on the lingering finish.

2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 93 pts
Gentle mint notes on the nose give the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve a lifted, almost floral character. Combined with cherry and cassis fruit, it’s clear that this is Cabernet, albeit very ripe, full-bodied Cabernet, with a supple, almost creamy texture. In some ways, it epitomizes Langhorne Creek, showing the sexy mid-palate reds from the region are known for, then it dresses that up with a long, elegant finish. Just watch the serving temperature closely to avoid the wine getting too warm.

Mollydooker

2016 Enchanted Path – 95 pts
A blend of 70% Shiraz (the same wine that goes into Carnival of Love) and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Enchanted Path is an awesome blend of fine aromas and rich flavors. Mint and cassis spark the nose, while the full-bodied palate delivers intense chocolate, plum and dark berry notes that finish long and velvety. At this level and above, the oak is secondary to the fruit. (2017 currently available)

2016 Velvet Glove Shiraz – 95 pts
The only one of the Mollydooker wines that even hints at needing some bottle age is the 2016 Velvet Glove Shiraz. Hints of hay or alfalfa mark the nose, along with huge raspberry and blueberry fruit. It’s full-bodied, rich and tannic on the palate, picking up hints of chocolate and raisin on the long finish. I wouldn’t suggest cellaring it too long, in case the dried-fruit notes come too much to the fore.

2016 Carnival of Love Shiraz – 94 pts
The full-bodied, opulent 2016 Carnival of Love Shiraz kicks off with scents of mint, raspberries, plums and dark chocolate. Those notes unfurl across the palate in slow-moving, velvety waves of flavor, picking up hints of anise, cinnamon and vanilla on the lingering finish. It’s one intense, languorous rush of flavor and richness.

2016 Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon – 93 pts
The 2016 Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon is a clear step above The Maitre d’ bottling, showing juicy cassis and blueberry aromas and flavors, heavily influenced by smoky, cedary oak. It’s full-bodied yet mouthwatering, with velvety tannins underscored by vanilla on the long finish.

2016 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz – 92 pts
The 2016 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz displays a heavy overlay of smoky, maple syrup and caramel oak but also rich chocolate, boysenberry and plum fruit. It’s full-bodied and velvety in texture, with a coarse, slightly open-knit finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

2016 Miss Molly Sparkling Shiraz – 91 pts
The 2016 Miss Molly Sparkling Shiraz uses The Boxer as the base wine, so it offers bold aromas of chocolate, mint and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, it’s got a rich, velvety texture from the tannins, balanced by the carbon dioxide. It’s really attractive and well done, a solid example of the style.

2016 Two Left Feet – 91 pts
A blend of 71% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet and 14% Merlot, the 2016 Two Left Feet really demonstrates how the structure and aromas of Cabernet can lift and elevate Shiraz, adding hints of mint and cassis to otherwise jammy flavors and adding length to the finish of this mouth-filling, full-bodied wine.

2016 The Maitre D’ Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 pts
The full-bodied 2016 The Maitre d’ Cabernet Sauvignon is ripe, plush and creamy in texture. With aromas of mint and cassis, it’s a sexy mouthful of super ripe Cabernet that turns a bit chocolaty on the finish.

2016 The Boxer Shiraz – 90 pts
Mollydooker’s largest production wine is the 45,000-case 2016 The Boxer Shiraz. Loaded with chocolate-covered plums and hints of green peppercorns, it’s full-bodied and velvety in texture, with a long, chocolaty finish.