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2016 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy McLaren Vale Shiraz


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Our Price: $44.99 / bottle (RRP: $55.00) Case: 6 x 750ml
  • At Mollydooker, the incredibly talented team are passionate about their motto 'We make wines that make people go WOW, through attention to detail and commitment to excellence!' and never take shortcuts or compromise on quality.

    They guarantee the quality of their wine by rating it on its Marquis Fruit Weight (the measure of how far back on your tongue the velvety sensation of fruit goes before you experience the sensation of structure). If parcels don't qualify at the required Fruit Weight, they just don't make those wines. For example, in the 2008 vintage they only bottled their Lefty wines and in 2015, they only bottled their Lefty and Family wines. This is a true testament to their commitment to quality and honouring their customers who spend their hard earned dollars on wine.

    Who Is The Blue Eyed Boy? The Blue Eyed Boy is Sarah and Sparky's son, Luke. Stomping grapes as a kid and now working in the vineyards.


    2016 was Mollydooker's biggest vintage to date, with a total 1437 tonne of grapes crushed and into barrel. Bud burst was a week later than usual, but veraison and harvesting were generally right on cue, despite several heat spikes (107 °F) early in the season.

    To handle the extra fruit we decided to increase our fermentation capacity in the winery, this meant that a lot of work needed to be completed before the fruit arrived. Much thought and a whole lot of manpower went into creating four new temperature controlled 10 tonne fermenters. The tanks were installed just one week before the fruit arrived, phew!

    Our first pick was our McLaren Vale Verdelho in the third week of February. The last time we made The Violinist Verdelho was in 2013, so it was exciting to see its return in 2016. The arrival of all our red grapes were fortunately well spaced out, which allowed the winemakers ample space to handle the fruit in the winery. During March and April the weather remained mild which was perfect for grape maturation, allowing the flavour and Fruit Weight o consistently increase week by week. The ferments were well behaved and finished off beautifully in barrel, allowing early oak integration and added complexity in the wines.


    The 2016 Blue Eyed Boy is dense in colour with vibrant dark purple hues. A complex, alluring and lifted nose of blueberry, dark cherry, caramel and hints of vanilla bean leap from the glass. Powerful yet delicate, the wine voices luscious layers of fresh berries, black pepper, coffee and a finishing note of chocolate cream. Full bodied, well defined tannins provide the backbone, as the wine fills the mouth and continues to evolve with every glass poured. Vegan Friendly.

    Alc/vol - 16.0%


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