With a much-loved friend relocating interstate whose eyes, although he debates it, closely resemble a pale blue sky, I thought there was no better occasion for pulling out my 2012 bottle of Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy than for our last dinner together before his big move.
A dark and richly coloured shiraz, the Blue Eyed Boy is made from fruit grown in both McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek (exactly half each) and is barrel fermented and matured in 100% American Oak. This wine sings a sweet song of berries and cinnamon, with a hint of paprika, to your olfactory senses however, the initial delicacy of the aroma keeps the deep creaminess of your first sip a complete (and pleasant) surprise. Now, I don’t discriminate against any wine but I do have a particular soft spot for fortified wines and one of the things I really enjoyed about this bottle was the way in which the creaminess and viscosity of the wine reminded me, ever so slightly, of a fortified. Delicious.
After several mouthfuls of the Blue Eyed Boy, much lip-smacking and a little pondering, my blue eyed friend commented that although the wine had a slight sweetness upfront, that sweetness then gave way to allow the pleasant plummy and berry flavours of the fruit to come through. He also admired the flavour imparted to the wine from the oak barrels in which it had rested, agreeing that this was a likely contributor to the slight smokiness of the wine which, being a fan of a good peaty Scotch, was one of the first things I noticed about this bottle. Spicy and full-bodied, I admired the satisfyingly savoury aftertaste the wine left in my mouth and, not one to love you and leave you, the way in which this shiraz lingers on your palate is pretty much the vino equivalent of spooning. It’s definitely a keeper.
Whilst we were very happily drinking our bottle of Blue Eyed Boy in the middle of winter and imagining ourselves curled up in front of a fire with, perhaps, some chocolates on hand, my blue eyed friend also felt that the fruitiness of the wine would lend itself to being drunk quite happily in the spring time. I think I would have to agree, but I feel – purely for the sake of my integrity as a writer – that I couldn’t comment on that fully until we have actually tried this for ourselves… We may have to give another bottle a go in autumn as well, and perhaps summer… One can never be too careful.
If you’re up for seeing how the 2012 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy fares in all seasons, your very own bottle of this tasty shiraz will set you back $45 (don’t forget, you’ll need at least four!) and can be obtained directly from the amazing team at Mollydooker over on Coppermine Road in McLaren Vale or online right about here.
Mollydooker and Heard About SA are working in partnership for this review series, with Mollydooker providing Heard About SA with the bottle of 2012 Blue Eyed Boy discussed in this review.