During the past several weeks, I have been tasting my way through the wines of Mollydooker’s Lefty Wine collection. As you may recall, I have tasted a cabernet sauvignon, a red blend, a verdelho, and most recently, a merlot. The last wine in the Lefty Wine series is a shiraz called, The Boxer. Mollydooker is most noted for their bold Shiraz. There are a few others that they produce, which I will be exploring later on.
Mollydooker’s 2010 The Boxer Shiraz has a whimsical label consisting of a boxer with a double Mollydooker, meaning two left hands! This wine has combined grapes from the McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, and Padthaway. As with all Mollydooker reds two years of age and under, you want to do the Mollydooker Shake prior to enjoying the wine. Once I took care of business with the Mollydooker Shake, it was time to taste the wine.
In the glass, the wine pours a deep, alluring garnet color with long legs upon swirling the wine in the glass. Right away you can tell that this is going to be a big wine. The nose is filled with black cherry jam, vanilla, and spice. On the palate, you get many different layers of dark fruit such as blackberry and dark cherry as well as licorice and spices. The wine finishes long with a spicy finish and a touch of vanilla. The only negative thing I can say about this wine is that it had a bit of alcohol burn on the palate. It does contain 16% alcohol. At that point I just let the wine sit and open up for about an hour or so and it wasn’t as strong. Overall, it was a tasty wine that paired well with ribs off the BBQ. I would recommend some air time in the bottle or decanter for at least an hour after doing the Mollydooker Shake to allow it to “soften” a bit. This is a good wine for ribs, as well as other grilled meats. This wine would be a fun pairing for dark chocolate as well as hard cheeses. Who doesn’t love chocolate and cheese with wine?
This wine retails for $25 per bottle on the Mollydooker website. A simple Internet search shows the wine selling anywhere from $19 and up on various online wine retailer’s websites.
This wine concludes the tasting of all the Mollydooker wines in the Lefty Wines series. Up next…the Mollydooker Party Wines!
*This wine was provided as a media sample for review.