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2003 Marquis Philips "9" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1079802 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2003 Shiraz 9 is a flamboyant, opaque purple-colored, full-bodied effort revealing notes of espresso roast, chocolate, smoked meats, and toasty American oak. Fleshy, full-throttle, pure, and intensely concentrated, it is a classic South Australian Shiraz... (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2004)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Smooth and generous, laden with a range of sweet spices, including cassis and anise, with hints of caramel against ripe plum flavors on the finish. (HS) Inner quote mark (9/2005)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Great dark purple color and a big nose of dark fruits, licorice, coffee and iodine. Very full bodied and fat in the mouth with almost no acidity but still really enjoyable to drink. Blackberry liqour in the mouth and port like with a Long finish. This bottle was less overtly oaky and even lower acidity than the last bottle I had. Inner quote mark (2/2006)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep medium ruby. Slightly roasted aromas of blackberry and meat. Thick and sweet on the palate, with slightly roasted raspberry, pepper, black licorice and saline flavors. Denser and more oily than the basic shiraz under this label but not more vinous. Broader on the finish, though, with more sweetness of fruit. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2004)

K&L Notes

Vintage note from Robert Parker: "The highly respected South Australian viticulturists/winemakers, Sarah and Sparky Marquis, in partnership with their importer, Dan Philips of the Grateful Palate, successfully launched the inexpensive line of Marquis Philips wines several years ago, creating something of a monster because of their enormous crowd appeal. While 2003 is a lighter vintage than its predecessors, these offerings have turned out nicely. The handful of consumers who deemed 2002 too concentrated for such inexpensive wines will be delighted to learn that the 2003s are slightly lighter, but still loaded with character as well as flavor. They possess heavy duty, exuberant fruit, ripeness, and considerable personality." (10/2004)

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