“Pull my tongue out and stroke it… With a velvet glove” – Fab
And so our tasting of Mollydooker’s premier wine, the (2012) Velvet Glove, began.
I have been looking forward to cracking open this amazing bottle of shiraz for well over six months now and without a slither of a doubt, it was worth every single staring-longingly-at-the-bottle-micro-second of the long, long wait. The packaging alone was tempting enough, having arrived in a beautiful black box decorated with shiny, black swirls and rich, gold writing. We opened up the box to find the gorgeously shaped bottle inside, luxuriously labelled with velvet, which none of us could stop stroking. It sounds a little wrong, I know, but trust me… It was so, so right.
We decanted this little bottle of mana for optimum effect and we were not in any way disappointed, other than with the fact that there wasn’t more of it. The Velvet Glove fills your mouth and gives you the sensation of having your tongue and cheeks coated with soft, smooth satin. With caramel (possibly delicious burnt caramel) on the nose, there’s a certain creamy ‘condensed milk’ feel to the wine as you taste it. Full of cherry and other red and dark berry fruits, this wine also delivers elements of chocolate and cinnamon in a perfect combination. It’s smooth. It’s full-bodied. It’s vanilla and spice. It’s quaffable. It is faultless.
The 2012 Velvet Glove has a 96% fruit weight, which means that this wine coats almost your entire palate in velvet, sending you packing to your happy place, before you even begin to experience any of its the structural components. Awarded 97 points by the Wine Advocate and 96 by the Wine Spectator, this is the wine you want to pull out when you’re looking for that ‘wow’ factor.
As we sipped and savoured our way through our bottle of Velvet Glove, we were constantly amazed at its silkiness and in awe of the way that every mouthful brought yet another rich, full flavour to our palates. With comments like “700ml is just not enough” and “words cannot describe it”, it is no wonder we were clinging to our glasses, hoping for their contents to never run out.
So, if I can offer any advice with respect to Mollydooker’s Velvet Glove, unless you covet that whole “wanting more” feeling, it would be to make a somewhat obvious observation: gloves really do work best in pairs.
If you feel the need to either impress or be impressed, you can pick up a bottle of Mollydooker’s Velvet Glove from their lovely cellar door on Coppermine Road, or right here online. At $185 per bottle it’s certainly not one you will serve often, but you will most definitely look forward to those occasions when you do.
Mollydooker and Heard About SA are working in partnership for this review series, with Mollydooker providing Heard About SA with the bottle of 2012 Velvet Glove discussed in this review.