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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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)
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.
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.
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+
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.
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.
A lot going on on the nose with blackberry, pepper and multiple spice notes. Big fruit on attack, but only moderate length finish. Given the youth and alcohol content, expected more heat, but that wasn't the case. Used Vinturi and decanted.
Blackberry jam, earth, tobacco, cassis, coffee, and a little new leather on the nose. Blackberry, blueberry shake, earth, herbs, spice, and a touch of alcohol on the palate. Lowish acidity, good finish. C'mon, it's Mollydooker The Boxer. You already know whether you like it not. It's big, jammy, oaky, milkshake-y, but the fruit is pretty good. The alcohol was showing a bit though.
The 2011 release shows youthful purple hues in the glass, the high proportion of new American Oak (60%) is evident on the nose giving sweet vanillin oak characters against a myriad of dark berry fruits.
The fruit on the palate is shaded by a sheath of oak, looking deeper there is blackberry fruit and coffee characters, with drying tannins that border on bitter dark cocoa.
The wine finishes with good length, but does give an indication as to the wines 15.5% alcohol. Review Link - www.winereviewer.com.au (drink from 2013-2018)
Opaque purple; spanks you with briary and jammy aromas and flavors of blackberries and blueberries, bubble gum and creme de cassis, vanilla and mocha; hints of cinnamon spice, cedar, and cigar tobacco; smooth texture and granitic minerality throughout; a touch hot on the finish. Audaciously bold and fully charged; what else would you expect from down under?
No doubt it's a fruit bomb. Blueberry, raspberry, vanilla, and sugar. There's just something missing on the finish. It's so hollow. You can really tell it's mollydooker's lower eschelon Shiraz. Still though, decent for what it is. It's overpriced at $25; should be $15.
As expected, a big and bold shiraz and even at 16% alcohol it was well balanced. Dark purple color. Jammy a bit, on the sweet and rich side, but not quite a fruit bomb. However you can only drink so much. But the crowds love this wine and it is a decent QPR at $22. (Doris loved this wine)
Evening #2: Much softer, relaxed and balanced. The wine has softened and yet the flavors have expanded. I'm leaving the rating at 90 on CT but the wine improved a point or two on day #2, to 91-92.
The 2nd of 2 bottles. Fruit driven and delicious. I like this style and have always liked the wines of Sparky and Sarah. Just noticed what they call the Mollydooker Shake to rid their wines of Nitrogen prior to drinking and to fully open the flavor profile. Will try it tonight with a bottle of Two Left Feet.
You can do all the shaking you want, but this wine has a bitter edge to it that only time will help. That's what you get when you release a wine before its time. They must be strapped for cash flow or they would wait to release these wines when closer to ready or at least show better. Probably will rate 90+ at some point but not now. Extended breathing helps.
Not as much a fruit bomb as previous years, which to some is a good thing. The 16.1% alcohol is noticeably "hot". Unlike other vintages, where if you drank a bottle, you really weren't inclined to have another for a while... I have consumed this boxer two nights in a row without that feeling.