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MOLLY DOOKER The Boxer Shiraz, South Australia 2015

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MOLLY DOOKER The Boxer Shiraz, South Australia 2015 MOLLY DOOKER The Boxer Shiraz, South Australia 2015

MOLLY DOOKER The Boxer Shiraz, South Australia 2015

MOLLY DOOKER The Boxer Shiraz, South Australia
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MOLLY DOOKER The Boxer Shiraz, South Australia
  • Style: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Region: South Australia
  • Code: MDTBS
  • Varietal: Shiraz
  • Country: Australia

Region South Australia

South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted. Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns. The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys),

South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted.

Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns.

The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys), Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Riverland. Vineyard expansion has also extended to Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Bordertown, Robe, Southern Fleurieu and the Flinders Ranges.

It is a tradition for many wine companies to make multi-district blends from South Australian fruit – the idea of house style taking precedence over regional definition. Penfolds pioneered this concept. The vagaries of vintage variation can be evened out by fruit selection, ensuring quality at a high level. However there is debate that this concept comes at the expense of the ‘soul’ of the wine. Penfolds Grange is probably the most famous multi-district blend and is an excellent counter-argument.

Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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Winery MOLLY DOOKER

Langton’s Selections Mollydooker Velvet Love Shiraz, Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz ‘Mollydooker’ means left handed in Australian lingo. The winery, located on Coppermine Road in McLaren Vale, was set up by the highly energetic, successful (and both left-handed!) husband and wife winemaking team Sara and Sparky Marquis who have had a hand in various ventures including Fox Creek, Parson’s Flat, Shirvington and Marquis-Phillips. The Mollydooker is already achieving huge interest in the American market. The marketing is brilliantly conceived. The wines are tiered at various price points. The Velvet Glove Shiraz is the most expensive wine and is in a league of its own. Then there is the Lefty, Party and Love series all priced to meet the demands in specific market niches. The Mollydooker Shake (which is just an old fashioned method of aerating wine in the glass), the Marquis Fruit Weight and Vineyard Watering Programme (curiously spelt in Australian English) are all ca
Langton’s Selections Mollydooker Velvet Love Shiraz, Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz ‘Mollydooker’ means left handed in Australian lingo. The winery, located on Coppermine Road in McLaren Vale, was set up by the highly energetic, successful (and both left-handed!) husband and wife winemaking team Sara and Sparky Marquis who have had a hand in various ventures including Fox Creek, Parson’s Flat, Shirvington and Marquis-Phillips. The Mollydooker is already achieving huge interest in the American market. The marketing is brilliantly conceived. The wines are tiered at various price points. The Velvet Glove Shiraz is the most expensive wine and is in a league of its own. Then there is the Lefty, Party and Love series all priced to meet the demands in specific market niches. The Mollydooker Shake (which is just an old fashioned method of aerating wine in the glass), the Marquis Fruit Weight and Vineyard Watering Programme (curiously spelt in Australian English) are all catch phrases to capture the imagination and attention of the market. The philosophy is to make wines that make you say “WOW!” The wines are all highly pointed by Robert Parker Jr.’s protégé and stand-in Australian wine reviewer Jay Miller. The Carnival of Love Shiraz (already on the secondary wine market), Velvet Glove Shiraz, Enchanted Path Shiraz Cabernet, Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon and Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz – which have all cracked above 95 points – all sound like names from a Walt Disney cartoon. However the American market is lapping it all up. So what’s wrong about making wine fun? Some wines are appearing on the Australian secondary wine market already and are going “gangbusters”. Mollydooker is a long way from finding its real place in the serious Australian ultra-fine wine market. However, the whole concept of Mollydooker is genius of some kind. Andrew Caillard
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