Review: 2009 Mollydooker Enchanted Path

By Duane Pemberton
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Mollydooker is known for making wines as big as the personalities are of the folks who run the winery and for garnering a lot of good score from traditional wine media such as Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate.

This Enchanted Path wine is a Shiraz/Cab blend that combines big, bold flavors and is not for the feint of heart.

Review: 2009 Mollydooker Enchanted Path

Technical Data:

  • Blend: 66% Shiraz and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vineyards: Gateway and Prime vineyards in McLarenVale
  • Alc: 15.5%
  • Residual sugar: 3.3g/L
  • pH: 3.82
  • Price: $90

Nose: Plums, black-cherries, peppercorn, marionberry jam, licorice, nice hint of game, leather and shoe polish.

Taste: Deep black fruit flavors that aboud in spades on the palate. This is not at all a whimpy-wine and one that simply BEGS for grilled beef of any kind or bbq-sauced meats like pulled-pork. It’s jammy, big and doesn’t take any prisoners. The finish lingers on for weeks, leaving a nice blackberry river, toasted oak, spice and black licorice. Not at all a wine for old-world-style wine lovers.

That said, I know many who may have a hard time with its relatively high $90 price tag and I’m one of them – I don’t feel it offers anything extra special at the price – to me it’s more of a $50-$60 play in regards to what it has to offer, compared to other big, jammy wines out there. If you do have the money, and want a wine in this style, then you’ll be in for a nice little ride – just make sure you have food that can stand up to it. :)

W.E.P. Rating: 75%