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The Boxer Shiraz, Mollydooker

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?

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.8 g/L

pH

3.61

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

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.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 92 pts
DWWA: Silver

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

 

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The Boxer Shiraz, Mollydooker

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?

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.7 g/L

pH

3.62

ORIGIN

Australia

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

HARVEST DATE

March 2018

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek

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. The Boxer Shiraz was both fermented and matured in 100% American oak barrels, of which 37% were new, 63% one year old.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 90 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

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The Boxer Shiraz, Mollydooker

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?

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.58

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 & Langhorne Creek

VEGETARIAN

Yes

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.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

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Perfumed, with black tea and dried floral notes that add aromatic intensity to the core of ripe plum, berry and candied cherry.

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The Boxer Shiraz, Mollydooker

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?

Hints of spiced plums, blackberry jam and cherry can be found at the fore, with a finish of coffee cream, liquorice and vanilla. Full bodied with vibrant berry fruit characteristics, yet elegant with restrained tannins, resulting in a soft mouthfeel.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.2 g/L

pH

2.80

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

HARVEST DATE

March 2016

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek

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. Grapes for 2016 The Boxer were harvested from 12th March to 5th May.

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 42% new, 42% one year and 16% two year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 90 pts

 

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The Boxer Shiraz, Mollydooker

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?

Vibrant, complex and jam-packed with a kaleidoscope of flavours. Chocolate, plum and liquorice just to name a few; all beautifully wrapped in bright berry fruit on the mid-palate.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.2 g/L

pH

3.63

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek

Vintage conditions

Vintage began slightly earlier than usual 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 43% new, 42% one year and 15% two year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 90 pts

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The Boxer Shiraz, Mollydooker

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?

A plethora of words describe this wine: elegant, full-bodied, creamy, dark chocolate, plum jam, mocha, liquorice, raspberry, blackberry, coffee, spice, anise, cigar shop…

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.6 g/L

pH

3.63

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

Australia

WINEMAKER

The Mollydooker team

VARIETY

Shiraz (Syrah)

TIME IN OAK

8-9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek

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 32% new and 68% one year old, where the wine was matured for 8-9 months.

Awards

Wine Spectator: 93 pts

 

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