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10 Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz ($30) ☺☺☺

This is a classic example of an Australian full bodied Shiraz, no wonder it is called the boxer. The wine does tend to hit you right up front with some great black fruit, hints of peppery spice and I also got hints of chocolate. On the palate the wine just keep on giving, loads of damson based flavors, licorice and that underlying spice. The wine comes in at a whopping 16% alcohol and has a long, long finish. Will be interesting to see how it ages but its great right now and good value at $30

07 Marimar La Masia Pinot Noir ($40) ☺☺☺

The 07 vintage was a classic, and has produced some excellent wines. Marimar (Torres) has always produced high quality wines and this offering continues that quality trend. When initially opened the wine was black cherry on the nose with a hint of mocha. When you taste the wine just after opening there is signs of the great structure to the wine, acid and tannin still in proportion but mellowing and within about 30 minutes in the decanter the wine had opened up nicely. I feel this wine will benefit form more aging and should last the distance with patience being rewarded.

10 Macphail "The Flyer" ($59) ☺☺☺☺

The combination of great grapes and a solid winemaker is a marriage made in heaven. In this case the grapes have been lovingly cared for in a well known vineyard and the winemaker is James Macphail, who has already stamped his authority on the American Pinot scene. The wine is beautifully crafted and gives intense cola and cherries on the nose with a  hint of coal and minerals in the background. The palate is full of ripe red fruit, offset by firm tannins and acidity which suggest to me that this well balanced wine should last for some time. We drank it young, but I am sure patience will be rewarded. Yet another stunner from the Macphail stable.

© John Holmes 2014