Given the recent chatter about Aussie wines, I thought it would be a good idea to check in on one.
2004 Marquis Philips Shiraz 9 - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale (4/14/2009)
Vivid aromas of plum, blackberries, espresso and dark chocolate wrapped in a sheath of cool mint. Bold and quite powerful on the palate with a touch of warmth on the finish – although I should say that one would never have guess the alcohol was at 16.5%. After being open for a few hours, the palate mellowed out and became much silkier and less exuberant. A note of crushed stones and wet soil lingers on the palate. Drinking quite well at this stage. (90 pts.)
16.5!!! Holy brix, Batman. How was the balance - was there enough acid to hold up to any food? Or, was this for desert?
I think you should drink water in the desert.
I was surprised when I saw that too. I won’t lie; it started out with some warmth. But after a couple of hours, even with low acidity, it seemed to come into better balance.
Thanks for the note. I picked up a bunch of these when they closed them out for $15. I enjoyed the first bottle backin 06 when is was over the top and tasty and the fruit was ahead of the oak. I had another bottle in 07 where I couldn’t get past the sweetness and oak.
I never did notice the alcohol on the palate although I did fall over when I tried to stand. These wine were a cheap experiment for me. I am going to hold so I am going to keep holding to see where it ends up.