The Mollydooker (Aussie for left-handed) The Boxer is 100% Shiraz/Syrah sourced from vineyards in Langhorne Creek, Padthaway and McLaren Vale in Southeastern Australia. The Boxer has been a perennial critics favorite, Robert Parker has given every vintage at least 91 points. The wine was aged in American oak barrels for one year, 60% new barrels and the rest 2nd fill barrels. The alcohol content is a very Australian Shiraz like 16%.
Is the color black with red highlights or crimson with black highlights? Either way it is deep and dark. The nose is nicely complex, cherry, vanilla, blueberries, spice drops candy, the scent of beef cooking on the grill, and iced coffee. A full bodied wine with an intriguing blend of rounded fruit flavors and rougher more challenging flavors. It starts out with jammy black and blueberry, then cigar tobacco, cedar and black licorice begin to swirl around. Strong cocoa powder and curry spice along with strawberry are added on the mid-palate. Take another sip and different flavors show up. Even with American oak barrel aging and 16% alcohol, this is a wine that is nuanced. The finish is mainly dark berries and is quite long.
You don’t have to be a wine expert to appreciate the pleasures of the Mollydooker The Boxer. Its charms are evident from the first sip, this is a wine that takes you by the hand and says, “come with me and let’s have some fun”. The Boxer lists for $25 (and is well worth that price), but is available in Chicago at under $20. At under $20 bucks the Mollydooker The Boxer is one the best bargains in wine.
ps…I have heard of two left feet, but if you look at the label the boxer has two left hands