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We’ve got Two Left Feet (Molly Dooker)

Two Left Feet
Molly Dooker, Australian slang for left hander, produces a selection of wines which were recommended to us by JP at Party Town. Molly Dooker is the label of Sarah and Sparky Marquis, winemakers for Australia’s popular Marquis Phillips. We picked up an assortment of the Molly Dooker offerings, and we started with Two Left Feet.

Molly Dooker Two Left Feet 2006
Red Blend: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot
South Australia
$18.99 @ Party Town

I can honestly say that we picked up this particular bottle not only on recommendation, but also because of the label. Michelle used to
be a serious ballroom dancer, so she had to have this wine, if only to save the label. Later we discovered that
Molly Dooker means left handed, and both Shel and I are left handed.
Obviously, we were meant to find the Molly Dooker. We heard great things
about the 2005 vintage, so we were pretty excited when we came across a
bit of the 2006 less than $20.

The wine was almost inky – very dark in color. The nose had some vanilla and spice. But it’s the taste you want to know about. I
found a lot of the expected spice on the initial taste gave way to a
very fruity finish with a large amount of dark berries. However, there was a very strong alcohol flavor throughout the wine.
Michelle is slightly more sensitive to the heaviness that might come
with a 16% AbV wine, but after enough scotch, bourbon, and tequila, I’ve grown to appreciate the occasional extra kick from a heftier beverage.
I would consider the obvious high alchohol the only detraction from an otherwise fantastic offering for the price point.

On day 2, the wine softened up a bit, but it still was a
bit heavier than I tend to prefer in a standalone wine. I think a nice
simple steak would compliment this wine very nicely as the food might
serve to help bring out a lot of the other flavors and downplay the alchohol.

We’re looking forward to trying the other Molly Dooker 2006 vintages we purchased over the next few weeks. As for Two Left Feet, I have no problem recommending this wine, but you can’t be afraid of a little a little bite. I recommend trying it with food or even storing it for a couple of years. This is a big wine, and a wonderful value that drinks much better than $18.99.
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To our readers: Do you have any recommendations on dealing with a high
alcohol wine? Would decanting or aging have helped diffuse the heaviness/alcohol flavors? Perhaps just food? Let us know what you think in the comments or via email.

– Kevin

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Posted by Michelle at 12:01 am in Tastings, Wine Notes | Permalink | Comments (4)

4 Responses to “We’ve got Two Left Feet (Molly Dooker)”

  1. I’ve got a reco for dealing with high alcohol wines…put them back on the shelf 😉
    High alcohol wines that are BALANCED aren’t a problem for me though. Of course, don’t we want balance in all the wines we drink? Sounds like maybe this one just isn’t balanced well…no?

  2. Dr. Debs says:

    I think Lenn’s right: this sounds a bit out of balance.
    The only thing that SOMETIMES helps with a wine like this is 6-12 months more in the bottle. Especially with those varietals. But is may always be a little hot. Decanting in my experience doesn’t help with this aspect of wine perception, but you might be different so give it a try.

  3. Bonnie-Ann Baker says:

    Just had some of the wonderful Mollydooker two left feet shiraz from Austrailia at Bandera Restaurant in Corona Del Mar, California. Tastes is smooth as silk! Where do I go to buy a case?

  4. Steveo says:

    We have been Sparky fans for years now. You have to do the Molly Dooker shake when you open the wine. Their wine making process demands it, if you want the full flavor that is. 2009 vintage is best Molly Dooker yet.If you are a fan of bold, tasty and big finish wines – enjoy. Their 2009 wines are simply fabulous.

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