Wow, this is pretty bad. The nose gave me a bit of hope, with some smoked meat and blackberry notes which were nice enough for me to ignore the alcohol, then I tasted it. Initially, you get hit with a candied grenache-like sweetness on the tip of your tongue, which quickly turns to a dusty tar-like bitterness and any notion of fruit, or any other pleasant flavor, falls off a cliff and you are left with a lingering bitterness and a dose of alcohol. If this took human form, it would be an obscure 80's metal band singer that needs backup singers to hit any notes outside of the conversational range.
I remember this showing some interest a few years after release, but it just isn't good.
Sat in my cellar for 7 years and I accidentally stumbled upon it today. Still a powerful wine but had heavy notes of soil and minerality upon first pour. I let most of the bottle sit for 2 hours and the wine transformed into a much smoother, fruit forward wine. Too sweet for my tastes but still a decent wine for the cost.
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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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