Mollydooker shake + 60 min (approx.) in decanter ... This was actually really nice. (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. Good regardless of price, but a pretty great QPR at $20.
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)
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