2006 Mollydooker - Shiraz The Boxer 750ml

Australia - South Australia - McLaren Vale/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WA 94   WS 90   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2006 Shiraz "The Boxer" is opaque purple. The compelling nose exhibits aromas of scorched earth, smoke, grilled bacon, blueberry compote, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied, thick and rich, this layered Shiraz is velvety-textured and opulent. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. It is a sensational value. It can be enjoyed now but will evolve for several years. Mollydooker (the Australian equivalent of "Southpaw"- both Sparky and Sarah Marquis are left-handed) is the label of the renowned winemaking team of Sparky and Sarah Marquis. This is their second vintage following the schism with The Grateful Palate and the end of their involvement in the hugely successful Marquis Philips project. Total case production is 72,000, down from the 120,000 cases produced under the Marquis Philips label. They have also set up their own importing company in the United States. Mollydooker has been divided into four tiers beginning with "The Lefty Series". These five wines are line-priced at $20. Next up the ladder is "The Party Series" priced at $50 a bottle, followed by two wines comprising "The Love Series" priced at $80. At the top of the pyramid is one wine, "The Velvet Glove" Shiraz priced at $175.

Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 173

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Ripe and smoky. A big, polished mouthful of cherry and raspberry, with peppery, spicy overtones that mingle effortlessly with the fruit as the finish sails on. 23,944 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 08/21/2013
Opened with a nose of cedar and chocolate. Long on the pallete with a strong bordeaux style to it. Fantastic bottle. I need more!

Rating: 94
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 08/20/2013
The 2006 Shiraz The Boxer is also opaque purple. The compelling nose exhibits aromas of scorched earth, smoke, grilled bacon, blueberry compote, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied, thick and rich, this layered Shiraz is velvety-textured and opulent. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. It is a sensational value. It can be enjoyed now but will evolve for several years

Rating: 92
Author: Naperwino
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 06/11/2013

Rating: 90
Author: Stefan N
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/23/2014

Rating: 90
Author: Lellman2
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 11/17/2011
Raspberry, black licorice, nice long finish, nice mouth feel

Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

3654 bottles owned by 801 collectors.

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About This Producer


Scientific methodology prevails at quirky Australian winery Mollydooker, a 1995 creation of husband and wife Sparky and Sarah Marquis. Famed for their consistently high-scoring "Velvet Glove" Shiraz, the Marquis team strives to produce the "velvet glove" palate sensation, a blanket of flavor that covers the palate before the structure is revealed, in all their blends. This process of creating intense color and flavor profiles starts in the vineyard, where growers for Mollydooker employ the trademarked Marquis Vineyard Watering System. The vineyard management philosophy stresses canopy balance and strong, healthy vines in order to produce grapes of maximum Marquis Fruit Weight. This grading system involves numerous tastings during the winemaking process to determine the wine's final bottling destination, based on a percent scale. Only wine graded 60% or higher on the Fruit Weight scale is accepted for Mollydooker labels. The highest graded fruit goes into the Velvet Glove designation, making it a truly profound bottling. Other bottlings produced include The Love Series: Carnival of Love and Enchanted Path, which are blends of Shiraz and Cabernet; The Party Series, also made from Shiraz and Cabernet; and the Lefty Series, made from Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, and Verdelho.

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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