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Named after Sarah's son Luke, who appears on the label, Blue Eyed Boy is 100% Shiraz from McLaren Vale.

The 2020 Blue Eyed Boy is rich, ripe and explosive, this Shiraz displays vibrant blueberry, plum and notes of dark chocolate. A voluptuous palate of blue and black fruit layered with coffee, vanilla cream and liquorice spice. A beautiful balanced wine that has a round and creamy finish, the Blue Eyed Boy exceeds all expectations (available from Dec 2021)

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.0 g/L

pH

3.65

ORIGIN

Australia

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage Conditions

McLaren Vale had dry weather conditions throughout spring/summer 19/20 and low rainfall. The Langhorne Creek vineyards (60km west of McLaren Vale) on the other hand encountered significant frost early in spring along with hot and windy weather during flowering. These conditions reduced overall yields for both regions. A favourable ripening period for harvest was the silver lining to low yields, resulting in high quality, full-bodied and vibrant wines that reflect the characteristics of the 2020 vintage. Interestingly, McLaren Vale had a larger crush than the Barossa Valley and Langhorne Creek regions for the first time since 2004.

Vinification details

The grapes came into the winery at a steady pace with excellent colour and breadth of flavour showing upon crushing. Ferments were easily controlled allowing efficient extraction of tannins and flavours from the skins during pump-overs. Malolactic fermentation moved quickly during the oak maturation phase. Blue Eyed Boy was both fermented and matured in 100% American oak barrels, of which 54% were new, 46% one year old.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

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Named after Sarah's son Luke, who appears on the label, Blue Eyed Boy is 100% Shiraz from McLaren Vale.

The colour and fragrance of plum provide an alluring first glance, with gentle notes of strawberry and mocha filling the aroma. Expressive, rich fruit adds elements of blueberries and molten chocolate, while subtle tannins create a silky mouthfeel.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.8 g/L

pH

3.65

ORIGIN

Australia

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

HARVEST DATE

March 2018

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Starting in early March, the 2018 vintage can be defined by the even ripening that led to great fermentation conditions.

Vinification details

The grapes came into the winery at a steady pace with excellent colour and breadth of flavour shown as soon as the fruit was first crushed. Ferments were easily controlled allowing efficient extraction of tannins and flavours from the skins during pump-overs. Malolactic fermentation moved quickly during the oak maturation phase to reveal the intensity and depth of character that will be the hallmark of the 2018 wines. Blue Eyed Boy was both fermented and matured in 100% American oak barrels, of which 58% were new, 42% one year old.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

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Named after Sarah's son Luke, who appears on the label, Blue Eyed Boy is 100% Shiraz from McLaren Vale.

The nose offers fresh plum and mocha, whilst blueberry and plum jam mingle harmoniously with milk chocolate to create a silky mouthfeel. The 2017 vintage continues the expressive, rich fruit style that has long been the trademark for this Shiraz.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.55

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

HARVEST DATE

April 2017

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Heavy rain was experienced in the McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions during July; a massive 31% increase. The cold, wet conditions continued through to early summer, becoming the defining features of the 2017 vintage. Budburst and flowering were both delayed, resulting in a later harvest than normal. In the lead up to harvest there were concerns of mildew and botrytis affecting the grape quality, however Mollydooker’s open canopies allowed air flow and perfect summer temperatures, and meant that grapes were not affected.

Vinification details

The grapes were machine harvested during the day and at ideal flavour ripeness before being crushed and destemmed. Partially fermented on skins in tank with pumpovers every four hours, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and 100% American oak hogshead barrels of which 58% new and 42% one year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

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Bold and expressive, with a medley of juicy berry flavours that mingle with notes of cream soda, orange zest and spice.

Wine Spectator

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Named after Sarah's son Luke, who appears on the label, Blue Eyed Boy is 100% Shiraz from McLaren Vale.

The 2016 Blue Eyed Boy is dense in colour with vibrant dark purple hues. A complex, alluring and lifted nose of blueberry, dark cherry, caramel and hints of vanilla bean leap from the glass. Powerful yet delicate, the wine unfolds layers of fresh berries, black pepper, coffee and a finishing note of chocolate cream.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.57

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

HARVEST DATE

April 2016

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

2016 was Mollydooker’s biggest vintage to date, with a total of 1,437 tons of grapes crushed and put into barrel. Budburst was a week later than usual, but veraison and harvesting were generally right on cue, despite several heat spikes (up to 42°C/107°F) early in the season.

Vinification details

The grapes were machine harvested during the day and at ideal flavour ripeness before being crushed and destemmed. Partially fermented on skins in tank with pumpovers every four hours, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and 100% American oak hogshead barrels of which 58% new and 42% one year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 90 pts

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Ripe and generous, with toasty cedar notes adding spicy accents of sarsaparilla and cinnamon to the jammy raspberry and candied cherry flavours.

Wine Spectator

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Named after Sarah's son Luke, who appears on the label, Blue Eyed Boy is 100% Shiraz from McLaren Vale.

Aromas of ripe blackberry, dark cherry and mocha greet you, followed by rich black liquorice and vanilla pod notes. The careful use of American oak hums seamlessly in the background and finishes with a beautiful creamy mouthfeel.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

17.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.6 g/L

pH

3.59

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

Vintage conditions

Vintage began slightly earlier than usual on the 23rd February and went on to be one of Mollydooker’s ‘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 in the first 23 days of February, meant that careful monitoring of the vine’s health was integral in producing high quality grapes.

Vinification details

The grapes were machine harvested during the day and at ideal flavour ripeness before being crushed and destemmed. Partially fermented on skins in tank with pumpovers every four hours, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and 100% American oak hogshead barrels of which 53% new and 47% one year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 91 pts

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Named after Sarah's son Luke, who appears on the label, Blue Eyed Boy is 100% Shiraz from McLaren Vale.

Upon smelling this wine, your senses are immediately drawn in by a bouquet of deep blackberry, rich plum and coffee. These prominent fruit flavours are closely followed by luscious chocolate and liquorice spice with creamy vanilla constantly weaving its way through. A beautifully balanced wine which is a classic representation of Blue Eyed Boy.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.60

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale

Vintage conditions

Almost the perfect vintage, with heat in January, some rain in February just when it was needed, and perfect ripening weather in March with temperatures in the mid 20s. The openness of the canopies and ventilation in the fruit zone gave lovely clean fruit.

Vinification details

The grapes were machine harvested during the day and at ideal flavour ripeness before being crushed and destemmed. Partially fermented on skins in tank with pumpovers every four hours, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and 100% American oak hogshead barrels of which 70% new and 30% one year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 93 pts

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