By way of background, opening thoughts: Mollydooker Velvet Glove is the ultimate wine in my universe. I gave the 2006 five stars here and today I have the chance to sample the 2007 with a good friend. Truth be told, I did sample the 2007 vintage here - at six months of age - before anyone really knew if it would be a "Velvet Glove" or not. Let the record show that I had no doubts!
Original tasting and review , November, 2013: This is Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2007, finished at 16.5% alcohol.
In the glass: Deep muddy magenta, opaque from a quarter inch in from the edge.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft
fresh, deeply bold fruit with a combination of milk and dark chocolate. From the aroma, seems like this will be robust, fleshy, deep and full.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact the ultimate mix of earth, water and sky, with fresh, deeply pigmented milk chocolate lacquered plums, teeth- and cheek-staining tannins and an easy-going fresh acid lift, that holds the chocolate plum poised in your cheeks for well over a minute.
In summary: Overall, rates an extremely rare five stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Not a bargain by any means - because you definitely pay for the experience - but still one of the finest sips known to man!
Updated notes, a month later, December, 2013: Enjoying a second bottle as a (round number) birthday treat with family. Notes are entirely consistent, except I would add the phrase "ripe black cherries" along with "plums" in the palate notes above. Yummy, of course, and still remarkably fresh and bright for the age and alcohol levels.
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