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Mollydooker 2011 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz

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Full body red with mild tannins and a lingering finish

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The Season
Australia is blessed with seemingly random weather fluctuation, brought about by the relative temperatures of the Pacific and Indian oceans, to our North. On most occasions it is the dry hot “El Nino” that we notice and remember, but in early 2011 the girl child “La Nina” brought Adelaide its record highest rainfall. In each of the first three months of the year, Adelaide and surrounds experienced rainfall heavy enough to cause significant flooding, and there was catastrophic flooding in parts of northern NSW and southern Queensland.

The consequence of such conditions is always disease, starting with Powdery Mildew (which is what your Zucchini get) and progressing to Botrytis or Bunch rot (which is what your Strawberries get). Fortunately the combination of expert vineyard contractors and the Mollydooker’s own canopy management system meant that they escaped relatively unscathed. Because vintage was a little later than usual Mollydooker had some underemployed cellar hands who cut off any diseased bunches in the only two (lowest) spots affected. So the Mollydooker harvested crop was very clean.

The Process
The grapes were grown on the Gateway and Kirwin Vineyards in McLaren Vale.  Barrel fermented and matured in 90% new and 10% one year old American oak.

The Experience
From the winemakers’ mouths the 2011 Blue Eyed Boy (label named after Sarah & Sparky’s son, Luke) is
“… smooth and rich and satiny…” – Janet
“Liquid black forest bake! Layers after layers of flavor.  Black cherry, chocolate, velvety creamy mouth feel” – Andrew
“… a flabour explosion in the mouth.  Cream, spice, multi layed, really rich.  Fresh aromatic fruit.” - Sparky

The Facts
Varietal Composition: Shiraz
Appellation:  McLaren Vale, Australia
Barrel Aging: American Oak (90% new, 10% one year old)
Alcohol: 16%
pH: 3.7
Residual Sugar: 3.4g/L
Mollydooker was founded in 2005 by a fun-loving husband and wife team, Sarah and Sparky Marquis.  The pair met in winemaking college and for Sparky, it was love at first sight.  Sarah and Sparky shared a passion for life, winemaking, entrepreneurship, and left handedness.  A left-handed couple is rare, add on the love for winemaking, it's even more rare - therein gave to the rise of Mollydooker.  Mollyfooker is an Australian slang for "left-hander".
Mollydooker winery is situated along the southern coast of Australia in a city just outside of Adelaide called McLaren Vale. Adelaide’s climate is cool and rainy in the winter and hot and dry in the summer ideal for growing grapes.  In combination with the growing conditions and the Marquis' trademark vineyard watering system, "Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme"™ (a method that gave way to exceptional fruit), Mollydooker has crafted award winning and highly rated wines.
Mollydooker wine is a work of art on the inside and out.   Not only does each bottle of Mollydooker wine taste delicious, each of their signature labels tell a story about the wine's inspiration - truly a fun-loving piece of art.
Wine Advocate - 91 pts
"Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy offers a lovely, wild blueberries and black cherry compote nose with undercurrent of meat, chocolate, nuts, some violets, and a touch of licorice with a little coconut. Full-bodied and generous, it is structured with low to medium levels of velvety tannins, a nice acid line and a long finish. Approachable now, it will drink to 2020+." -Lisa Perotti-Brown

Wine Spectator - 92 pts
"Dark and rich, supple and silky, brimming with blackberry and black cherry flavors that show a hint of pomegranate as the finish wraps gently around the fruit. This has a wonderful open texture to let the flavors sing. Drink now through 2016. 6,350 cases made." –HS

Past Vintage
2010 - Wine Advocate: 93 pts; Wine Spectator: 91 pts
2009 - Wine Advocate: 92 pts; Wine Spectator: 91 pts
2007 - Wine Advocate: 95 pts; Wine Spectator: 92 pts
Aging Potential: Ready to Drink, 5-10 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 16%
Appellation: McLaren Vale, Australia
Barrel Type: American Oak
Body: Full
Color: Garnet
Flavor Pairing: Tomato Base, Herb Roast, Braise
Food Pairing: Steak, Pork, Lamb
On the Nose: Blueberry, Blackberry, Black Cherry
On the Palate: Spicy, Pomegranate, Nutty, Licorice, Chocolate
Serving Recommendation: Room Temperature, Let it Breathe
Texture: Velvety, Silky, Creamy
Varietal: Shiraz

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