Monday, July 23, 2012

Updated Review: ***** $$ 2006 Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia = BEST VALUE

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Original Review, June 2007: LIVE Rating: this is dark almost opaque in the glass. The aroma of purple cream, just like the 2005. On the palate, there is a burst of multiple flavors. Plums, chocolate, cream. These are moving across the palate, and moving through time with the tannins. Oh, yes, I'll stay with this, and drink more than I should. 5 stars.
This wine was tasted as part of a Mollydooker Tasting Dinner - 2006 Vintage.
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Check out our review of 2005 The Boxer too.

Or check out our visit to Mollydooker winery.


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Updated Review, July 2007: Tasted again from a full bottle at home: Still perfectly opaque in the glass, turning purple just at the rim. The violets and cream nose shows just a touch of light milk chocolate too. A bit of alcohol heat pumps out in the aroma this time, since the bottle is at a warm room temperature, having just come off a UPS truck. This nose is like a pleasant dream. But the good thing is, you'll wake up to a sip!
On the palate, you get that chocolate-covered, plumy-sweet grape sensation all over your mouth... top, bottom, sides... the intense, deep fruit stands up to the 16.0% alcohol and lasts and lasts and lasts. No change to the five stars out of five rating. Best wine value on the planet, in one man's opinion.
Remember Snuffles the dog who loved dog biscuits on Quick Draw McGraw... he would float down from the ceiling hugging himself after being fed one of those magic biscuits. Well I'm Snuffles and this is the biscuit...
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Updated Review, August, 2008: Color has lost its purple edge at the rim - now a deep velvet burgundy, opaque in the center. All the elements in the aroma, flavor and finish remain intact, with one notable change: the pluminess has become a deep black cherry. To me, this further improves the balance. Yum indeed!
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Updated Review, two years later, August, 2010, now four years from vintage date:  Color is consistent, now a hint of brick at the edges, offsetting the burgundy center.  Ah yes, still that luscious nose of violets, eucalyptus and cream.  Holding up perfectly well on the palate, too, showing the alcohol-wrapped black cherry - furry, sweet, creamy and still awesome.  Best value.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Lightly oxidized ripe blackberry now on the nose.  Sweet and luscious. A bit more like a black cherry port now, than a syrah. Loses some of the unique cream and eucalyptus that you get with a fresh pour.
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Updated review, almost two more years later, now six years from vintage date, July, 2012 :  Still opaque at center, with faint purple at rim.  Bold, violet cream nose, now less eucalyptus.  Vigorous velvet on the palate - just what you are looking for in a Mollydooker!  Rich black cherry.  Reaffirming five stars!  Awesome value.


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3 comments:

  1. I have tasted through the new releases and I will agree that this wine exhibits excellent ripeness, texture and depth, but I will hold back a half (****+) as I feel the yet to be released 2006 Carnival shows a tad greater core of fruit and longer finish.

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  2. The Snuffles reference says it all.

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