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Mollydooker

Sarah and Sparky met whilst studying winemaking in 1987 and married in 1991. Mr and Mrs Marquis began to make wine together in 1994 at Sarah's parent's winery under the Fox Creek label, and the accolades started to pour in. In 1995 the Fox Creek Shiraz won the top prize at the McLaren Creek Wine Show and the Marquis' became the Bushing King and Queen (the winemaker of the “Best Wine in Show” is crowned either the Bushing King or Queen at this annual McLaren Vale event). They won the title again in 1998, becoming the first dual winemaker ever to win the event twice, and in 2001 they won the title yet again for a record-breaking third time. The couple formed a company to produce wines for Henry's Drive of Padthaway and Shirvingtons of McLaren Vale, and later formed a joint venture with Marquis Philips, and the awards continued to follow. But their dream was to establish their own winery, and in 2005 this was realised in the heart of McLaren Vale, with the release of their new brand Mollydooker. Mollydooker is Aussie slang for left-handed, and the couple are both left-handed. Sarah and Sparky have since divorced. Sarah continues the Mollydooker brand and has been sole owner since 2016, and Sarah and Sparky's son Luke is now Global Sales Manager. They own 47 hectares of their own vineyards in McLaren Vale and also source grapes from some of the best sites in the Vale, Langhorne Creek and Padthaway. Mollydooker attribute the richness and concentration of their fruit-dense wines to fruit weight, saying that their Marquis fruit weight is their measure of quality; this is the percentage of your palate that is covered by the velvety sensation of fruit when the tannins, alcohol and acid are all perfectly balanced. To achieve this they carefully analyse the fruit weight to grade grapes all through the growing season and winemaking process, picking when data on acidity and sugars tell them they have achieved the “Sweet Spot”, and if grapes do not meet their established standards, then that wine is not made in that year. Robert Parker (another left-hander!) has only ever awarded 24 Australian wines a 99/100 score, and Mollydooker have produced 4 of these! Their wines are instantly recognisable by their whimsical labels and wine names, and if you are looking for opulent wines, with real WOW factors - look no further!

mollydookerwines.com.au