Mollydooker McLaren Vale 2011 ‘Lefty’ Red Wines

The Mollydooker wines from the McLaren Vale of Sarah and Sparky Marquis are unashamedly idiosyncratic, crowd pleasing expressions that may give purists a shudder. They’re big, ripe, sweet and mouthfilling and weighty as anything out there, as well as soft and cuddly and thoroughly accessible. The sheer opulence, richness and hedonism is startling, and the style has earned them accolades galore, especially from the American critics. For those who hanker for finesse, elegance, varietal beauty and transparency, these are the antithesis of those ideals. But their success cannot be disputed, and if that’s the case, they’re truly valid expressions of the grape.

Mollydooker is Australian slang for ‘left hander’ and refers to the fact that both Sarah and Sparky are left handed. Much of the branding and marketing is based on colloquialisms and familiar references to the Marquis family. The essential focus of the wines is ‘fruit weight’ and the tiers are graded on the perceived fruit weight of the wines. The lightest and most approachable are the ‘Lefty’ wines which must attain a rating of 65-70%. No wine is bottled under the Mollydooker brand if it is less. The top wine, the ‘Velvet Glove’ must reach a fruit weight rating of 95%+. The wines are available through the Fine Wine Delivery Co. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz Here I review three of the ‘Lefty’ red wines from the 2011 vintage. www.mollydookerwines.com


  • Mollydooker ‘The Maitre D’’ McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  • Mollydooker ‘Two Left Feet’ McLaren Vale Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011
  • Mollydooker ‘The Boxer’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2011

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