My first Mollydooker. Had some expectations after reading CT-notes. On the nose pepper, licorice and some ripe dark fruit. Medium to full bodied, pretty dense but very low tannins and gentle acidity, delivering pepper, licorice and a modest dose of ripe sweet dark fruit. Surprisingly short on the palate given the alcohol-level. Don't think it will improve since the fruit is going downhill and the acidity is low. Nice to quaff but hardly worth the price or hype. 86-87.
Still showing BIG blue/black fruit, almost syrupy on the palate but not too offputting. Big wine. Either you like the Mollydooker style or hate it. I for one like the style, and this wine, especially for $26 back in the day. Can't/won't drink the style every night but a fascinating departure from most of my wines that I enjoy on occasion.
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(Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer) After many years of selling the incredible products of Sparky and Sarah Marquis (Fox Creek, Henry’s Drive, Marquis Philips), I recently learned that their last name is correctly pronounced MAR-kwis. I had even visited them eight years ago in South Australia to find out the secret behind their consistent, high-flying intensity and pure velvet textures. What do I know? There is no secret—just a smart, meticulously detailed approach to winemaking from the ground up. Mollydooker is the Marquises’ most recent venture, and the silly thing about the “The Boxer” is that its plush, juicy, wham-bam quality is no less intense than that of Shirazes selling for two or three times more. Expect pungent American oak (dill-like, vanillin notes) along with typically Aussie, round, fruit-bomb flavor, but the bottle cost (as low as $10 in some markets) makes it a powerful bottom-line performer. Hot Picks
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