Mollydooker The Maitre D Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A good value New World Cabernet.

Producer/Winery: Sarah and Sparky Marquis; Mollydooker Wines; McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $27.00 (with a wine dinner discount)

Purchased From: Undercurrent Restaurant; Greensboro, North Carolina.

Paired With: Venison meatloaf with Marsala sauce, mashed potatoes and peas.


    Opened and decanted one hour before drinking. Clear, dark garnet color with a light purple rim. Aromas of fresh cut cedar wood, lush ripe cherry, blackberry, green peppers and a grove of Eucalyptus trees with whiffs of alcohol on the first pour. Smooth, rich, full body and a 400-grit texture. Strong fruity taste that’s full of ripe blackberry, cherry and current flavors with highlights of fresh brewed coffee and nutmeg. Lots of bright acidity, fine grained tannins and a medium-long, powerful, bitter spicy finish. Big and bold, but unusually smooth mouthfeel with unusual soft tannins for a jam filed “New World” Cabernet. VERY GOOD paired with the venison meatloaf, but a little much sipping without food. This is a Cabernet that should appeal to a large number of American wine drinkers with its robust bouquet, fruit forward taste and soft tannins that resemble more expensive Napa California Cabernet. In fact we like this better than many popular brands of California Cabernet Sauvignon and called it a good value New World Cabernet.

Sarah and Sparky Marquis in the Mollydooker Winery
Photo from Mollydooker Wines.
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Alcohol Content: 15.5%

Closure: Screw top.

UPC Code: 9 336975 000051

Imported by: Mollydooker International; Calistoga, California.