Market Chatter

Mollydooker Wines

The Molly Dooker Vineyard of South Australia has been generating a lot of buzz lately. That is why we decided get them into our store when they became available. We currently carry The Maitre D' (Cabernet Sauvignon), Two Left Feet (Merlot), and The Boxer (Shiraz); all of which are part of their 2008 vintage.


The Molly Dooker winemakers use inert Nitrogen gas during the bottling process as a way to protect the fruit flavor of their wines in the bottle. Nitrogen gas is a great preservative so that means they can use fewer sulphites in their winemaking.


Since the winemakers use nitrogen in the bottling process, they have come up with a process to release the nitrogen from the wine and introduce oxygen to the wine thus "opening up" the wine. They call this process "The Molly Dooker Shake."


The Molly Dooker Shake consists of the following:

1. Into a wine glass, pour out half of a glass (or until the wine is mid-shoulder)

2. Put the cap back on the bottle

3. Invert the bottle and SHAKE; they suggest doing so vigorously

4. You will see fine bubbles of nitrogen rise to the top of the wine

5. Remove the cap to release the nitrogen out of the bottle

6. Repeat steps 2-5. Drink and Enjoy!

*For more information on this process, check out their website:


I tried the Maitre D' the other day and first tasted the wine without doing the "Molly Dooker Shake" and it did present as a very bold cabernet would be expected to taste. I then followed the above steps for the Molly Dooker Shake, and was amazed by how the flavor had changed. The very tight taste that first hit my palate was gone, and the wine had softened dramatically. The fruit in the wine was much more apparent both on the nose and in the taste.


Having already tasted the Two Left Feet Merlot and now the Maitre D' Cabernet, I highly recommend that anyone that enjoys a delicious glass of Cabernet, Merlot, or Shiraz stop on in the Market and take one of these GREAT wines home today!


Nathen Kooi

"The Wine Guy"

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