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Gigglepot is named after Sarah and Sparky's daughter Holly, seen on the label giggling at herself wearing black glasses. This showcases the best of what McLaren Vale Cabernet can offer.

A delightful aroma of forest fruits precedes the abundance of elegant flavours found within this Cabernet Sauvignon. Polished tannins weave between rich layers of rhubarb and blackberry whilst cocoa and cinnamon linger on the palate. Intense and elegant.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.7 g/L

pH

3.64

ORIGIN

Australia

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2018

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Starting early March, the 2018 vintage can be defined by the even ripening that lead to great fermentation conditions. The grapes entered the winery at a steady pace with excellent colour and breadth of flavour shown as soon as the fruit was first crushed. 

Vinification details

Gigglepot was oak fermented and matured, in 83% American, 17% French oak barrels of which 52% were new and 48% one year old.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

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Gigglepot is named after Sarah and Sparky's daughter Holly, seen on the label giggling at herself wearing black glasses. This showcases the best of what McLaren Vale Cabernet can offer.

The 2017 Gigglepot Cabernet is vibrant yet elegant, with a nose full of juicy red berries and subtle hints of exotic spice. The palate takes you through an array of fruity flavours complemented by the mocha notes that follow and a toasty, savoury aftertaste.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.67

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

April 2017

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Heavy rain in the McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions during July, lead to a 31% increase in rainfall. These cold, wet conditions continued through to early summer, becoming the defining features of the 2017 vintage. Budburst and flowering were both delayed, resulting in a later harvest than normal. In the lead up to harvest there were concerns of mildew and botrytis affecting the grape quality, however Mollydooker’s open canopies allowed air flow and, with perfect summer temperatures, their grapes were not affected.

Vinification details

Fermentation took place in oak hogshead barrels (82% American, 18% French) of which 50% new and 50% one year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

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Opulent, with rich dark chocolate notes dripping over ripe plum, black cherry and raspberry flavours.

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Gigglepot is named after Sarah and Sparky's daughter Holly, seen on the label giggling at herself wearing black glasses. This showcases the best of what McLaren Vale Cabernet can offer.

Gigglepot is a vibrant and elegant wine, full of personality. Forthright flavours of raspberry, briar and dried herbs develop into soft layers of mocha and mint on the palate. The nose has cherry and rhubarb notes with a hint of vanilla, complemented by delicate oak elements of toasted coconut and spice.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.70

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

April 2016

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

Vintage conditions

2016 was Mollydooker’s biggest vintage to date, with a total of 1,437 tons of grapes crushed and put into barrel. Budburst was a week later than usual, but veraison and harvesting were generally right on cue, despite several heat spikes (up to 42°C/107°F) early in the season.

Vinification details

The grapes were machine harvested during the day and at ideal flavour ripeness before being crushed and destemmed. Partially fermented on skins in tank with pumpovers every four hours, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and oak hogshead barrels (84% American, 16% French) of which 50% new and 50% one year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 93 pts

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Gigglepot is named after Sarah and Sparky's daughter Holly, seen on the label giggling at herself wearing black glasses. This showcases the best of what McLaren Vale Cabernet can offer.

This varietal Cabernet shows classic aromas of bright forest fruits and blackcurrant, followed by subtle hints of cardamom and spice. Multi layered flavours of blackberry, choc mint and tobacco are supported by an underlying layer of rich chocolate cream, delicate tannins and a seamless finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.61

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2015

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

SULPHUR

Total: 69 Free: 33

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

Vintage conditions

Vintage began slightly earlier than usual and went on to be one of Mollydooker’s most exciting and challenging vintages to date. An unseasonably dry spring produced an early budburst and still conditions gave the fruit a chance to set in beautifully. Heat spikes in January followed by 11 days over 35°C in the first 23 days of February, meant that careful monitoring of the vine’s health was integral in producing high quality grapes.

Vinification details

The grapes were machine harvested during the day and at ideal flavour ripeness before being crushed and destemmed. Partially fermented on skins in tank with pumpovers every four hours, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and oak hogshead barrels (82% American, 18% French) of which 55% new and 45% one year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

 

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Polished on the finish, where all the elements are harmonious and lingering.

Wine Spectator

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Gigglepot is named after Sarah and Sparky's daughter Holly, seen on the label giggling at herself wearing black glasses. This showcases the best of what McLaren Vale Cabernet can offer.

Dark fruits of blackberry and blackcurrant abound on the nose of this decadent wine. Expressive layers of violet, rich vanilla cream and mocha coat the palate giving way to deep chocolate and subtle hints of spice. Underlining tannins reinforce these complex and full flavours that continue to develop on the finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.6 g/L

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

Vintage conditions

Almost the perfect vintage, with heat in January, some rain in February just when it was needed, and perfect ripening weather in March with temperatures in the mid 20s. The openness of the canopies and ventilation in the fruit zone gave lovely clean fruit.

Vinification details

The grapes were machine harvested during the day and at ideal flavour ripeness before being crushed and destemmed. Partially fermented on skins in tank with pumpovers every four hours, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and oak hogshead barrels (79% American, 21% French) of which 50% new and 50% one year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 90 pts

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