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The Boxer Shiraz, Mollydooker

Mollydooker
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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
16
Residual sugar
0.6
pH
3.69
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So called, because the very first person to taste this wine judged it to be 'a knockout'! Did you notice the boxer on the label is a double Mollydooker?
Tasting note

Rich and deep, the 2021 Boxer is both elegant and powerful, with beautiful notes of fresh plum, mocha and liquorice lifting out of the glass. A soft plummy mouth-feel, well measured tannins and slightly toasted oak compliment the rich fruit, creating a wine with many layers.

Origin
Australia
Variety
Shiraz (Syrah)
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Closure
Screw top
Region
McLaren Vale/Langhorne Creek
Vegan
Yes

Vinification details

Fruit was picked within the perfect window of ripeness. Following fermentation on skins, the fruit was then barrel fermented to keep the beautiful oak flavours integrated into the wine. The Boxer Shiraz was both fermented and matured in 100% American oak barrels, of which 45% were new, 25% one year old and 30% were two years old.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
16.0
Residual sugar
0.6
pH
3.69
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
So called, because the very first person to taste this wine judged it to be 'a knockout'! Did you notice the boxer on the label is a double Mollydooker?
Tasting note

Complex and expressive, the 2020 Boxer exudes vivacity whilst maintaining great length. Black cherries, fresh plum, rich dark chocolate and liquorice max out the flavour spectrum. Well measured tannins and slightly toasted oak compliment the rich fruit, creating a wine with many layers.

Origin
Australia
Variety
Shiraz (Syrah)
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Closure
Screw top
Region
McLaren Vale
Vegan
Yes

Vintage Conditions

2020 was a challenging year in many ways, with lower yields than previous vintages but thanks to the Marquis Watering Programâ„¢, Mollydooker achieved outstanding fruit quality with exceptional flavour concentrations across the entire range. McLaren Vale had dry weather conditions throughout spring/summer 19/20 and low rainfall. The Langhorne Creek vineyards 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 a silver lining to low yields, resulting in high quality, full-bodied and vibrant wines that reflect the characteristics of the 2020 vintage.

Vinification details

Picking took place between 6th and 28th March, ensuring all fruit was picked within the perfect window of ripeness. Following fermentation on skins, the fruit was then barrel fermented to keep the beautiful oak flavours integrated into the wine. The Boxer Shiraz was both fermented and matured in 100% American oak barrels, of which 43% were new, 35% one year old and 22% were two years old.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
15.5
Residual sugar
0.8
pH
3.61
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So called, because the very first person to taste this wine judged it to be 'a knockout'! Did you notice the boxer on the label is a double Mollydooker?
Tasting note

This alluring and unashamedly bold Shiraz is rich with spiced plum, blackberry jam and cherry fruit, whilst finishing with delicious coffee cream, liquorice and vanilla fruit flavours.

Origin
Australia
Variety
Shiraz (Syrah)
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Closure
Screw top
Region
McLaren Vale
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

Early spring saw perfect conditions for fruit growth, hinting at a promising start for the 2019 vintage. Budburst occurred in the beginning of September and accelerated through October. Some vines became vulnerable during the November flowering season as a result of cooler, stormy conditions, but as the weather warmed up, ripening of the fruit continued at a nice, steady pace into summer. Despite a few hot spells of weather in January – with South Australia breaking a number of heat records around the Australia Day holiday – temperatures did eventually stabilise, resulting in ideal growing conditions for the fruit to achieve its optimum colour and flavour.

Vinification details

Picking began at the end of February, and the vintage team worked intensively to ensure all fruit was picked within the perfect window of ripeness. Following fermentation on skins, the fruit was then barrel fermented to ensure that the beautiful oak flavours are integrated into the wine. Subsequent maturation in oak has resulted in full-bodied, vibrant, flavourful wines that are truly demonstrative of the 2019 vintage. The Boxer Shiraz was both fermented and matured in 100% American oak barrels, of which 46% were new, 47% one year old and 7% were two years old.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
15.5
Residual sugar
0.7
pH
3.62
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So called, because the very first person to taste this wine judged it to be 'a knockout'! Did you notice the boxer on the label is a double Mollydooker?
Tasting note

The 2018 Boxer will win over Shiraz fans with its solid core of dark fruit, black cherries, mocha and clove spice that lifts out of the glass. A soft plummy mouthfeel, well-measured tannins and slightly toasted oak compliment the rich fruit, creating a wine with many layers.

Origin
Australia
Variety
Shiraz (Syrah)
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Closure
Screw top
Region
McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek
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. The Boxer Shiraz was both fermented and matured in 100% American oak barrels, of which 37% were new, 63% one year old.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
16.0
Residual sugar
2.2
pH
3.58
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So called, because the very first person to taste this wine judged it to be 'a knockout'! Did you notice the boxer on the label is a double Mollydooker?
Tasting note

Bright maraschino cherry, fresh plum, rich dark chocolate and liquorice fill out the flavour spectrum. The tannins are fine, the fruit is soft and the flavours tickle the taste buds.

Origin
Australia
Variety
Shiraz (Syrah)
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
The Mollydooker team
Closure
Screw top
Region
McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

With heavy rain in the McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions during July, Mollydooker saw a 31% increase in rainfall. These 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 the open canopies allowed air flow and with perfect summer temperatures, the 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 37% new, 59% one year and 4% two year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.