Mollydooker The Maitre D' 2017

Mollydooker The Maitre D'


The Maitre D’ is Sparky, who put himself through winemaking college as a left handed Maitre D’.



The parcels of wine in the The Maitre D’ come from the McLaren Vale grapes grown on the ancient red soils of our Coppermine Road block, Martins Road, and the deep dark soils of our Long Gully Road block. They give richness and substance.


Picked 2nd May to 5th May. Barrel fermented and matured: 86% American oak; 14% French oak 34% new; 45% 1yr old; 16% 2yr old

Marquis Fruit Weight
Required: 65% - 70% Actual: 67%
Marquis Fruit Weight™ is the percentage of your palate (from the tip of your tongue going all the way back) that's covered by the velvety sensation of fruit, before you experience any of the structural components of the wine.

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Vibrant and generous; the 2017 Maître D’ is abundant with juicy red fruit that rolls playfully across the palate. Blackberries, milk chocolate and soft herbaceous notes make this wine deliciously aromatic. Subtle tannins and fragrant oak reside quietly in the background as flavours of raspberry, plum and mocha give this wine incredible depth and finesse.


92 Wine Spectator


Winery Description

Mollydooker, which is an Aussie slang term for a left-hander, is owned by left-handed husband and wife winemaking team Sarah and Sparky Marquis. Their mission is to “make wines that make people go ‘WOW’ through attention to detail and commitment to excellence.” Mollydooker is located in beautiful scenic McLaren Vale, about 30 minutes from Adelaide. Bordered by the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale is a great place for growing Shiraz. Mollydooker vineyards are situated on the magical Seaview Ridge, which with its ancient soils and Mediterranean climate, is home to some of the most iconic Australian wines. Mollydooker has three separate vineyards – Long Gully Road, Coppermine Road and the Home Blocks, giving a total of 116 acres of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. All Mollydooker grapes are grown sustainably.

Wine Philopsophy and Practices:

Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme
Sarah and Sparky met while studying winemaking in 1987 where they learned that great wines are made in the vineyard. Over the last 20 years they have created the trademarked Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme. This programme focuses on watering the vines to lower sugar ripeness while flavor ripeness catches up. This results in wines with intense color, flavor and a velvety sensation.

Marquis Fruit Weight
Sarah and Sparky have also developed a term to help you describe your own wine experience using Marquis Fruit Weight. The fruit weight is the “measure of how far back, from the tip of your tongue, the velvety sensation of fruit goes.” The further it goes, the higher the fruit weight (as measured in percentages). The Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme helps to achieve the highest fruit weight in all their grapes.

Mollydooker Shake
Mollydooker has come up with a unique way to minimizes the amount of sulfites in the wine by using nitrogen, a natural preservative. When you get a bottle, you need to do The Mollydooker Shake in order to release the nitrogen and allow the wines to show their full potential. Before the shake, the wine is more concentrated.  After the shake, the wine is softer and the aromatics are lifted. This is recommended for all Mollydooker wines except for The Violinist, Miss Molly, Girl on the Go or any wine over two years old.

The tremendous effort of this dynamic duo has resulted in unparalleled success. The following are just some of the many accolades they have received in their careers.

Crowned McLaren Vale’s Bushing King and Queen a record three times
Australian Winemakers of the Year
“Two of South Australia’s Leading viticulturists and winemakers are undoubtedly Sarah and Sparky Marquis” Robert Parker
Five 99 point Wine Advocate Scores
Wine Spectator Top 10 Wines in the World three times
Winestate’s Australian and New Zealand Wine of the Year


About this Wine

Country Australia
Region South Australia Wine
Appellation McLaren Vale
Winery Mollydooker
Vintage 2017
Color Red
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 15%
Product Code MD171300

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