When Marquis Phillips wines burst onto the scene around the beginning of the century, this was the flagship and quite the divisive wine. It was a poster child for the big, perhaps overblown style of Aussie Shiraz that was so popular at the time. Most loved them but many disliked the style. It was interesting to check in on this 21 years later. If you loved it then, you will still and vice-versa. Purple in color with ruby hues. Mostly clear and bright. It seems the color has faded a tad in the intervening 21 years. On the nose, this is fresh and big with black raspberries, black oliv
This is a blend of 72% Shiraz, and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia. Purple in color with some ruby swirls, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, black pepper, and slight cedar. Full bodied. On the palate, there is a lot of black raspberry and black cherry fruit. Some alcohol is noticeable. It is very tasty but somewhat one dimensional. A throw-back to the Aussie Shiraz of twenty years ago. Good value if you like this style.
This is still one of the poster boys for big, fruity Aussie wines. It can be a love it or hate it wine, but I find, as long as you know what to expect going in, this is a well made and delicious wine. A blend of 71% Shiraz and 29% Cabernet. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, black pepper, slight dill (American oak?), and smoke. On the palate, this is rich and full bodied. Black raspberries, slight raisins with light tannins. There is some alcohol/heat on the mid-palate and finish. It is ripe and delicious and probably better on its own, but it trying
This is a big, sweet wine. It will likely be love it or hate it for most people. For my tastes, it is good but a little goes a long way. Inky purple in color. The nose is blackberry pie with some cherries, cedar, and chocolate. On the palate, this is full bodied. Sweet with blackberry pie, cherry pie, some dark chocolate and just a bit of spice. This lists 16.5% ABV on the label and though it tastes it, and feels it texturaly (is that a word?), there isn't any heat. Long, sweet finish. So, basically, this should be consumed as though one was drinking port. It will overpower most f
Inky purple in color. The nose is very tight on this. With time, blueberries and black raspberries with slight saw dust notes. On the palate, this has plums and black raspberries. Very smooth with little tannins. Good balance. Easy drinking. This retails for $20 and is a good value and nice for parties. It would work with bigger or meat based dishes.
Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with black raspberries and black olives. On the palate, there is some complexity here. Juicy acidity. Tart black cherry fruit. Some heat. Medium bodied. This retails for $19 which is a very nice value. This would work for BBQ or other bigger foods.
Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, saw dust and clay. On the palate, this has tart acidity. Black cherry notes. Slight tannins and a sour, but long finish. This did improve with air, so it likely will improve with a bit of bottle age. Needs bold food to pair with. $30 retail. The sum is better than the parts here.