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Cimicky & Sons Invisible Man Shiraz 2010

19 May

K Cimicky & Sons Invisible Man Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley Australia. 14.5%ABV; $25 online, $19/bottle from Garagiste.

Color is deep purple center with garnet edging. The nose exhibits ripe black plum, vegetation, and a hint of menthol. In the mouth, solid cassis with thick black fruit, and dense minerals on the back palate: limestone mixed with clay loam. The back palate shows cocoa powder, coffee bean, and spice box. 

I bought this from Garagiste in February when I was jonesing for big, bold fruit and boy does it deliver! This is a killer wine to pair with red meats in summer evenings, or to enjoy by itself. As with the sleek lines of a vintage European race car, it is easy to discern the extreme care and diligence that went in to making this wine, a labor of love that we now get to delight in. Even better, for a wine under $20/bottle that compares well to bottles of Syrah/Shiraz in the $35-40 range. Yum. Color me impressed. Remember this name- Cimicky, from Barossa Valley, Australia. This winery is one to watch!

Invisible Man Shiraz

à votre santé!

Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy

25 Dec

Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz, South Australia, 2009, $41 (online from $33-55)

This is a thick wine, slow on the pour with an inky purple color. The nose is powerful black fruit with some vanilla and oak, no floral notes at all.  The mouthfeel is viscous with jammy black plum, blackberry, and licorice -all powerful agents. The finish has clove, spice box and a hint of black pepper. The alcohol is quite high in this wine (16.5%), so do be wary with your consumption as it may take you by surprise.

BlueEyed Glass

I found the wine slightly unbalanced: the tannins are subtle and the acid is controlled in comparison to the upfront flavors: you don’t sense structure of the wine as the fruit invades your palate. But being clear, this is a pleasure to drink, and was my choice for a dinner with an unusually wide group of entrées from steak to sea bass to a spicy seafood pasta in tomato sauce, and the shiraz stood strong on its own with each meal, complementing them.

A minor concern: from the first glass it heavy with sediment from the first glass, as the server insisted upon performing “the Mollydooker Shake” as instructed on the back of the bottle. I took a moment to check out Mollydooker’s website, which instructs that the 2009 should not have been shaken past 2011, hence the sediment issue.

Blue Eyed Label

In spite of that minor issue, we all enjoyed the Blue Boy Shiraz with dinner and I found this wine delicious and fun, and a good pairing for the varying dishes served. It is indeed pricey and has been consistent for several years with 92+ ratings.  I’d love to see this wine go head-to-head with Jason Moore’s Modus Operandi Valhalla  and Vicarious wines at a blind tasting- as these bottles immediately came to mind upon tasting the Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz. Hmm. Maybe I’ll have to do this myself. In the mean time,

à votre santé!

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