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Mollydooker - The Maitre'D Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: McLaren Vale
  • Wine Maker: Sarah & Sparky Marquis
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 15.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 87 (2012) WS: 90 (2016) NM: 92 (2016) Misc: 4.5 Stars (2016)

Wine tasting notes

Dark cherry red, with a deep violet hue, this is an incredibly aromatic varietal Cabernet. Showing great intensity with bright berry fruits and mashed raspberry, together with licorice spice and espresso coffee. The palate is vibrant and fresh, building with layers of fruit, toasty oak and fine Cabernet tannins. It finishes with hints of anise spice, dark cocoa and cassis fruit. This wine is named after Sparky, who earned money to put himself through winemaking college as a left-handed Maitre D'.

Winery Information


Sarah and Sparky Marquis both come from winemaking families, and they both studied at university and planned to return home to run their family businesses. That was until they met each other, and started their own dynasty. Starting with just $1000 in the bank, they built their company by helping their grower friends to grow exceptional quality grapes, and made wines from those grapes in the back of their winemaker friends? wineries. Every time they outgrew a winery, they moved on to a bigger.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)87 pts

Feb 2014. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown.  Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon presents aromas of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry preserves and cloves with hints of baking spices and vanilla. Very big and very full, the palate is a little compacted though offers great richness framed by low to medium level chewy tannins and a long finish. Drink it now to 2018+.

Wine Spectator (2016)90 pts

Smooth, jammy flavours of blackberry, plum and black liquorice show on a supple frame. Espresso, spice and mahogany details linger on the generous finish.

Neal Martin (2016)92 pts

This blockbuster Australian red wine is incredibly concentrated with great depth and length. On the nose are big, dark aromas and flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant and dark spices. Very mouth-filling and rich Cabernet Sauvignon. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Highly recommended.

Miscellaneous (2016)4.5 stars 94pts - "Midnight black dark red colour with a deep dark red black hue. The nose exhibits ripe aromas of blackcurrant and black cherries with an overlay of cedary tobacco characters followed by spicy black olive end notes. Possessing Mollydookers trademark massive fruit weight the palate is awash with opulent cassis, liquorice and black cherry flavours over some cedary tobacco and spice characters. Liqueur like mouthfeel with velvety tannins and the lofty 16% alcohol surprisingly well integrated. Long aftertaste of cassis, liquorice, ripe black cherries, cedary tobacco characters and spice"

Vinification Notes

The grapes were grown on the Longbottom vineyard in Padthaway, the Mollydooker vineyards in McLaren Vale and the Joppich vineyard in Langhorne Creek. Barrel fermented and matured in 80% American and 20% French oak using 55% new and 45% one year old barrels.