Thursday, October 16, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Australian Shiraz - 2013 Mollydooker The Boxer

I decided to try a couple of Mollydooker wines during my last shopping excursion. Today we'll take a look at "The Boxer" Shiraz and later I'll be tasting "Two Left Feet" - their blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.  First up, let's put the gloves on...although it does make swirling the wine quite a challenge!

Wine: 2013 Mollydooker The Boxer
Region: South Australia
Grape Varieties: Shiraz/Syrah
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $22
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Clear, dark purple, pink rim.
Aroma: Dark Aussie Shiraz fruit - blackberries and plums plus chocolate and spice.
Taste: Very nicely balanced, and a fruit bomb as I would expect. A pleasant finish with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

The Grade: I give this one an A-. A very nice wine for this price level. The only issue I have is the heat, which is not a surprise when I checked the label - 16% alcohol.  This level of alcohol is approaching that of a fortified wine like Port or Madeira where alcohol is added to the wine. It isn't unusual to have levels near this for some Aussie Shiraz - but it is a tiny bit much in an overall excellent wine.

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