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Mollydooker's 'The Scooter' Merlot

Mollydooker's 'The Scooter' Merlot

Mollydooker is Australian slang for left-handed, and there's no question this McLaren Vale winery, founded in 2005 by Sarah and Sparky Marquis, is a bit quirky, even by Aussie standards. I'm not an oenologist, so I can't tell you whether its Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme™ (focusing on grapevines' balanced canopy growth) and its concept of Marquis Fruit Weight™ (the percentage of one's palate covered by the velvety sensation of fruit before one experiences a wine's structural components) are merely eccentric or flat-out brilliant. But there's no disputing the results. Wine publications frequently list Mollydooker Wines in their top 10...