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| ||Tasted by H2OMansLibrary on 12/6/2015 & rated 87 points: Very tasty. Has softened considerably. Could probably handle some more time in the bottle, but very nice and drinkable now. (327 views)|
| ||Tasted by Craigbilodeau on 9/6/2015 & rated 89 points: Opens up hot and spicy but mellows as it spends time in the glass. Had a decent amount of sediment and needs to be poured through a strainer or over a candle. (540 views)|
| ||Tasted by dsilver on 5/29/2015 & rated 84 points: Ripe fruity big hot mess. (693 views)|
| ||Tasted by Altonplace on 3/20/2015 & rated 92 points: Not a Blue Eyed Boy or Carnival of Love, but the Boxer packs a mellow punch. (916 views)|
| ||Tasted by Serge on 2/15/2015 & rated 88 points: Very fruity, no tannins (1079 views)|
| ||Tasted by Twinkles on 10/25/2014 & rated 89 points: Never delicate but oh so tasty. Actually, not as hot as previous years. Jammy pulling towards prunes. (1642 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rezy13 on 8/9/2014: New World Blind Tasting Group $25+ (Bin 75): Very dark core with dull reddish purple rim; vanilla, blueberry, sweet nose, blackberry, alcohol; brandy warmth on the palate, alcohol burn, sweet liqueur, blue and black fruit, soft tannin; was on Coonawarra. (1340 views)|
| ||Tasted by Clorta@hotmail.com on 4/29/2014 & rated 91 points: Much better day 2 still needs age (2631 views)|
| ||Tasted by Nicholas81 on 4/25/2014 & rated 84 points: Decanted a half hour before consumption. Extremely over extracted. Cloying flavours of vanilla and coffee. Fruit was just too sweet and syrupy. (1661 views)|
| ||Tasted by S_stas on 3/12/2014 & rated 89 points: Molly Dooker shake, plus one night overnight and this was reasonable, as long as you're into this sort fruit-bomby-bomb. (2527 views)|
| ||Tasted by markandsusanw on 2/6/2014 & rated 85 points: Mollydooker Shake ... Seeing less to like about this wine as we try it more often. It's not bad, but it drinks more like a >$15 bottle than a $20+, to my mind. A few too many harsh notes. Always a bit better on day two ... But we only know that because it's one of those bottles that's not really good enough to want to finish it on day one. Wouldn't buy again. (2340 views)|
| ||Tasted by Nicholas81 on 2/5/2014 & rated 85 points: Did the Mollydooker shake. Much difference before and after.... Nose of intense berries and oak, palate very cloying and syrupy. Overly Sweet . Palate of berries and some vanilla. Just too syrupy, too sweet and too alcoholic at 15.5%. Finish was good though. In all fairness, a good wine for certain occasions and certain moods but I couldn't seem to enjoy it if i had more than a glass. Not really my style of wine. (1445 views)|
| ||Tasted by Pharrison76 on 12/21/2013: Delicious. Smooth, full shiraz (743 views)|
| ||Tasted by markandsusanw on 11/25/2013 & rated 87 points: Mollydooker shake + 60 min (approx.) in decanter ... This was actually OK. (Yes, color me a tad surprised as someone who isn't a huge Aussie fan.) Rich, blue and black fruit up front; a little cream and coffee hits you on the mid, with spice and some good backbone to finish. Felt big and lush, but also fairly decently balanced and not at all sweet or syrupy--two big turns offs I tend to associate with Oz Shiraz. By biggest knock is it's definitely a little hot, but it didn't knock you out and that seems like it could still subside with a bit more bottle age. (2346 views)|
| ||Tasted by Cblakejordan on 11/24/2013 & rated 91 points: Similar to my previous tasting notes; let it stand a bit before consuming and it made all the difference. Did the shake, stood for 30, and boom... terrific tartness with cloves and white pepper. Silky smooth with good structure. Didn't pair with proteins, but would be PERFECT with lamb chops & basil. (1979 views)|
| ||Tasted by Cblakejordan on 10/30/2013 & rated 87 points: The "Mollydooker" shake is absolutely necessary on this one. Tart and bitter until the nitrogen is gone. The wine slowly wakens; the biting high alcohol gives way to deep black fruit. As the bottle opens more, I found some acidity and deep structure that was blacked out before. Strong, bold nose makes it very delightful. While this a great value wine, I think it would be better in a year or two... (2209 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bauman on 10/16/2013 & rated 90 points: This is an amazing Shiraz for the price. On my list to buy more. (2102 views)|
| ||Tasted by f22nickell on 10/16/2013 & rated 83 points: Seattle Wine Group - Oct 2013 Tasting - Theme: Southern Hemisphere Reds (Amaroso Room - Wine Storage Bellevue): Shiraz – South Australia|
Setting: Bottle “B” in the blind tasting. Notes were taken before I knew the wine identity.
Sight: This wine is bright; no evidence of gas or particles. Color is light purple at the core with very little color variation or fading to the meniscus. Light concentration of color. Legs are thick and move slow down the glass.
Nose: This wine does not smell flawed. Medium Intensity. Candied raspberry/blackberry aromas. The wine has secondary notes of caramel, pepper, and cinnamon. Some hints of oak. I pick up a lot of heat on the nose. This wine smells very young.
Palate: This wine is medium bodied. This wine is a candied (alcoholic) fruit bomb; blueberry, blackberry, caramel, spice, and sugar. Secondary notes of pepper on the finish. Firm tannins and noticeable oak suggest this wine is very young. Lots of heat.
Structure: This wine is dry. Acid is medium minus. Alcohol is medium plus. Tannins are medium, not at all integrated. Finish is medium. Complexity is low.
Conclusion: This wine is a young Aussie fruit bomb Shiraz. This wine poorly balanced … Acid is low, alcohol is high, fruit low, oak high. Hot vintage or poor production? Supermarket quality wine; poor producer or mass production.
Final thoughts: This is wine appears to be poorly made. This wine is a very young, high alcohol, fruit bomb mess. Balance is way out of whack. Seems the group agreed as this wine came in dead last overall (save for the flawed bottle.)
My Ranking: 5th out of 6 bottles (Flawed bottle not included)
Group Ranking: 6th out of 6 bottles (Flawed bottle not included) (2408 views)
| ||Tasted by wineshaman on 9/28/2013 & rated 91 points: Drank all but one glass from bottle which was left on kitchen counter for five days. The last glass was quite soft, elegant, even subtle, never thought I would ever use those words to describe a MD wine. Very enjoyable, balanced, no heat, with dark fruits, low tannins and very smooth. Finale note, the initial tasting was classic in your face MD, which was expected. (1842 views)|
| ||Tasted by junglejuice on 9/20/2013 & rated 83 points: The Boxer is the sort of polarizing and divisive wine that traditionalists have nightmares about. That being said, for my taste, the style is very much something I have to be in the mood for and is typically a great weeknight or football sort of wine. I have had the majority of the vintages up to this point and for the most part have enjoyed them. The 2011, on the other hand, was a disapointment. It was very much disjointed and where the giant fruit usually matches the alcohol into a singular giant explosion of huge, for this wine it was a smack of sweet dark fruit followed by a liquor like heat that was far from pleasant. A three hour decant and the dooker shake couldn't mellow the raging alcohol. In short, not a good year for the Boxer. (1949 views)|
| ||Tasted by jviz on 9/18/2013 & rated 91 points: This wine is dark and full bodied, really coats the tongue. A little alcoholic at first, go ahead and give it the shake -- it's a fun gimmick at least. I was impressed by the leather and vanilla notes and clean finish; would go well with a cigar. Try it if you haven't before -- the boxer is a good qpr at 20-25 and easy 91+ (1734 views)|
| ||Tasted by Dagalaifus on 9/17/2013 & rated 88 points: Popped and poured. The wine is darkest garnet and inky purple. It has an aromatic nose of plum and vanilla. On the palate, it is fruit-forward and full-bodied with the same plum and vanilla as well as blackberry compote, black currants, white pepper and Christmas spices. It has medium - length finish and softer tannins. 2011 was an unusually cool vintage Down Under and this wine is nowhere near as good as the excellent 2009 or 2010 Boxer. That having been said, Mollydooker's 2011 Two Left Feet -- a deftly blended mix of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot -- really knocks it out of the park and has a great QPR to boot. (1704 views)|
| ||Tasted by drdecanto on 9/14/2013 & rated 92 points: Last bottle. Loved it. Similar notes to before. This isn't going anywhere, just to yummy to not have it have it now. I'm certain that bottles in your cellars will last years. (1675 views)|
| ||Tasted by drdecanto on 7/25/2013 & rated 92 points: Similar notes. Excellent wine (2046 views)|
| ||Tasted by BHE on 7/1/2013 & rated 90 points: I've been searching for a good $20-$25 bottle of wine and this fit the bill. Jammy, full of fruit (blackberries), with just the right amount of spice; at $22 from Costco this wine provides a great value. (2098 views)|
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