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The Violinist Verdelho, Mollydooker

Mollydooker
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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
16.0
Residual sugar
1.3
pH
3.45
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The Violinist is Sarah Marquis, who was made to play the violin right handed at school, so that she didn’t poke her neighbour in the eye with her bow.
Tasting note

Verdelho is no exception to it's past. Aromas of pineapple and lychee combine with vanilla to create a creamy mouth-feel that is reminiscent of the French Oak it is aged in. Toasty coconut and hints of honeysuckle linger on the palate creating a long and seamless finish.

Origin
Australia
Variety
Verdelho
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Closure
Screw top
Region
McLaren Vale
Vegan
No

Vinification details

Grapes were machine harvested at night at ideal flavour ripeness. Two thirds of the blend was fermented and matured in American oak, one-third in new French oak.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
16.0
Residual sugar
2.7
pH
3.42
Acidity
5.4
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The Violinist is Sarah Marquis, who was made to play the violin right handed at school, so that she didn’t poke her neighbour in the eye with her bow.
Tasting note

Rich, textured and opulent, the 2017 Violinist is intense and full of character. Lemon and lime underpin bursts of pineapple, peach and papaya, whilst toasty coconut and the faintest touch of ginger linger on the palate. Bold yet balanced, the 2017 Violinist offers many layers of enjoyment.

Origin
Australia
Variety
Verdelho
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
The Mollydooker team
Fining Agent
Milk: no traces remain
Closure
Screw top
Region
McLaren Vale
Vegan
No

Vintage conditions

Heavy rain in the McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions during July saw a massive 31% increase in rainfall. These cold, wet conditions continued through to early summer and were the defining features of the 2017 vintage. Both budburst and flowering where delayed, which also led to harvest occurring later than normal. In the lead up to harvest there were some concerns of mildew and botrytis affecting the grape quality, however due to the estate’s open canopies allowing air flow and perfect summer temperatures, grapes were unaffected.

Vinification details

Grapes were machine harvested at night at ideal flavour ripeness. Two thirds of the blend was fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks, the remaining third in hogshead barrels; 67% in new American oak, 33% in new French oak for 2-3 months.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
15.5
Residual sugar
2.6
pH
3.53
Acidity
5.0
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The Violinist is Sarah Marquis, who was made to play the violin right handed at school, so that she didn’t poke her neighbour in the eye with her bow.
Tasting note

The Violinist Verdelho offers up aromas of honeysuckle, pineapple and some lemon and lime zest. The palate is generous with an expansive mouthfeel and an unctuous texture that slowly builds to the finish. Delicate hints of vanilla and spice are created by the subtle use of oak.

Origin
Australia
Variety
Verdelho
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
The Mollydooker team
Fining Agent
Milk: no traces remain
Closure
Screw top
Region
McLaren Vale
Vegan
Blank

Vintage conditions

2016 was Mollydooker’s biggest vintage to date, with a total of 1437 tonne of grapes crushed and into barrel. Budburst was a week later than usual, but veraison and harvesting were as expected, despite several heat spikes (up to 42°C/108°F) early in the season.

Vinification details

Grapes were machine harvested at night at ideal flavour ripeness. Two thirds of the blend was fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks, the remaining third in hogshead barrels; 67% in new American oak, 33% in new French oak for 2-3 months.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
15.5
Residual sugar
3.6
pH
3.47
Acidity
5.09
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The Violinist is Sarah Marquis, who was made to play the violin right handed at school, so that she didn’t poke her neighbour in the eye with her bow.
Tasting note

Vibrant tropical fruits are plentiful on the nose and the palate, a nuance of vanilla lingers as an aftertaste. The sweet fruit has a lemon zest edge that gives the fruit great lift, and spice rounds out the palate. An unctuous mouthfeel gives the wine a fullness that holds the rich pineapple and stone fruit flavours to the end.

Origin
Australia
Variety
Verdelho
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
The Mollydooker team
Fining Agent
Milk: no traces remain
Closure
Screw top
Region
McLaren Vale
Vegan
Blank

Vinification details

Grapes were machine harvested at night at ideal flavour ripeness. For the 2013 vintage, Mollydooker made a slight change to their procedures in allowing the juice to oxidise slightly before pressing the grapes, to enhance the intensity of flavours and aromas, and allow a reduction in the sulphur levels. Two thirds of the blend was fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks, the remaining third in hogshead barrels; 67% in new American oak, 33% in new French oak for 2-3 months.