Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2015
WHO IS THE SCOOTER? The Scooter is Sparky, who used to race 30 kilometres on a big tyre scooter. .
Deep red in colour, the Scooter exudes fresh berries and spice. Layers of redcurrants and fresh plums are laced with hints of chocolate and coffee. This youthful McLaren Merlot finishes off with cherry, aniseed spice and a seamless structure defined by silky tannins with just a hint of cedar oak. An absolute beauty.
Vintage began slightly earlier than usual on the 23rd February and went on to be one of our 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/95°F in the first 23 days of February, meant that careful monitoring of the vine’s health using the Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme™ was integral in producing high quality grapes. Despite the seasonal challenges, we harvested a total of 1026.24 tonnes and processed 72 individual parcels of fruit. Due to our scrupulous Fruit Weight™ guidelines and our commitment to excellence, this year’s fruit did not achieve the required Fruit Weight™ necessary to make the Enchanted Path, Carnival of Love and Velvet Glove. On the bright side, this meant that some incredible fruit was used to make our 2015 Lefty and Family wines. Combining quality fruit with some very clever and methodical winemaking, the results are simply outstanding.