Mollydooker “The Boxer” Scores a Knock-out Punch


OK, I’ll jump on the bandwagon.

I’m usually not easy. I’m not the kind to just jump on any old wagon, and go along with the crowd.

But I tasted Mollydooker The Boxer last night, and here I go…

I love Australian Shiraz when it’s balls-to-the-walls, no-holds-barred, straight up and intense. That’s how Sarah & Sparky, proprietors of Mollydooker, make their wines. They aren’t farmers — they don’t grow their own grapes. Instead, they buy grapes from growers they’ve built a bond with over the years; growers they trust to produce kick-ass fruit.

Sarah & Sparky used to make wine for other award-winning wineries, such as Marquis Philips and  Henry’s Drive. They kept getting all these amazing scores from wine critics all around the world, and earned a wagon-load of awards like “Australian Winemakers of the Year” and Wine Spectstor’s Top 10 Wines of the World. Finally, the light-bulb went off and they got the idea to create their own label. They chose the name Mollydooker, which is an Australian expression for left-handed, because they both are! Left-handed, that is. You should check out their website: they have lots of cool stories and YouTube videos.

Their Mollydooker wines are the darlings of critics — they’ve never earned less than 90 points, and five have scored the magic 99 points from the Wine Advocate. That ain’t easy… The wine I tasted is their “entry level” wine, only because their pricier labels sell so quickly that I couldn’t buy them if I tried!

So here’s my take on Mollydooker The Boxer 2009. The nose offers some red berry fruit, spice and smoky forest floor. The palate, though, is much more luscious, offering creamy mocha and vanilla up front, and then bright acid as it finishes. The balance is what makes this wine classic: it settles somewhere between voluptuous and elegant.

If you can find a bottle of any of the Mollydooker wines, grab it. Lay it down if you must, but not for too long: you shouldn’t delay this kind of fun for too long. Cheers!

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4 Responses to “Mollydooker “The Boxer” Scores a Knock-out Punch”

  • Hi there Wine Lady,
    Thank you so much for the fabulous review! I just shared it with Janet, Sparky’s mum, and she LOVED it just as much as I did.
    We think it’s great that you mentioned how awesome our growers are. We actually bought some vineyards and make our own kick-ass fruit now, too! If you are ever in Australia, we’d love for you to visit us and taste some of our other wines. Janet will show you around the winery and make you a lovely lunch with veggies from her garden. You’ll have a blast!

    Krissy Miller
    Marketing Coordinator for Mollydooker

    p.s. we’d love to include your review in the first hand comments section of our website. Would that be alright with you?

    • Hi Krissy –

      Sure, go ahead and use my review. I love your wines, and the energy and passion that Mollydooker is all about.

      I’d LOVE to come visit you in Australia. Spending time in Australian wine country is a dream, of mine — but I have to figure out how to get myself there on the cheap.

      By the way, I’m having trouble getting Mollydooker wines in Ohio. Can you ask one of your export people who has the line?

      Thanks. Keep making kick-ass wine, and Cheers!

      Deb Lapmardo

  • Claire:

    You can get The Boxer 2010 at Trader Joe’s. I think it was 23.99, less than Bevmo.

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