Monday, January 6, 2014

Updated Review: **** $$$ Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot, South Australia, 2006

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Anyone reading this site knows that I (jorray) am an unabashed fan of the Mollydooker line.  That puts me admittedly on one end of the distribution, but so it is.  The big, fat, beefy, alcoholic Aussie's have held my fascination for a long time.  Their aromas beckon and the layers deliver on the palate.  The Mookdooker merlot, called "Scooter", has not been one of the stand-outs of the line.  I did a quick live review of Scooter 2006 back in 2007, but here I am giving it a dedicated and updated look.

Original tasting and review, six years from vintage date , January, 2012 This is Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot, South Australia, 2006, finished at 15.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta, just moving to opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows rich and beefy blue fruit, with plums and blueberries and a touch of earth.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and long-lived in the mouth.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold red notes of fresh, sweet currants - interestingly lighter on its feet than the shiraz-based Mollydookers.  Nicely balanced and toned.  Simple layers and clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for pleasing boldness.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: On the nose, the fruit is sweeter and fleshier.  Sweet strawberries join the rounder palate.  Lifts to four stars with the additional air.  

Updated review, two years later, now eight years from vintage date, January, 2014:  Same deep magenta color.  Aroma is sweet, but long of tooth, with strong suggestions of beefy, oxidized juice.  Somewhat fresher in flavor than on the nose, but seems like it turned the corner while I wasn't watching.  I'll pop another bottle sometime to see if this is a consistent issue.  

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