- Brick color with slow forming legs. It's balanced and has flavours of strawberry jam and blackberry with a medium/full body. Round texture with a medium finish - Opened this tonight for a simple roast chicken and herbed root vegetables. First glass was angular and somewhat chemical, with a bunch of odd tannic notes, not balanced and barely present fruit. I usually really enjoy this wine, what happened? Then I remembered THE MOLLYDOOKER SHAKE... next glass was back in familiar arms. Softer acids, fruits of fig and jammy berries, much better balanced. Yummy! (Plays really with the roasted turnips shallots, and parsnips.) Very drinkable now. Just remember to shake it... check their website if you don't know what I mean.
This bottle was not as enjoyable as the previous two, either it was an off bottle or the wine has gone into decline. It was a perfectly ok Merlot but had less of the vibrancy tasted previously. I guess “pushed” (reverse osmosis, oak pellets, micro-oxygenation &c) wines don’t age so well. I’ll soon try a bottle of 2009 The Boxer ShirOz and see if the same thing is going on with it; I’m more and more off the pushed wine bandwagon, it produces wines that are bold and in your face when drunk young but which lack depth and subtlety - compared with Massena “The Eleventh Hour” the ‘dooker wines are crude and boorish.
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