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Red
2014 Amelia Park Shiraz Frankland River
8/5/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
89 points
I was a little worried for this wine when it was first opened. It was very one-dimensional and not at all what I was expecting. However a rest overnight seems to have worked wonders. On night two it is rich, dusty and superbly complex. The fruit are dark and plumy, and the mid-palate is like the richest dark chocolate shake, with just a hint of mint. The tannins are firm and dusty and the finish is nicely extended. Delicious.
  • Delectable Blue commented:

    5/28/18, 3:48 PM - Cheers BSmith. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the reminder, I must try another bottle to see how it's going.

Red
2013 Glaetzer Dixon Family Winemakers Shiraz La Judith Coal River
Added in error.
  • Delectable Blue commented:

    5/13/18, 3:55 PM - Thanks Lightning. No I definitely tasted the Pinot not the Shiraz. It must have scanned incorrectly into CT. My eyesight is very poor in my advancing years so I missed that small detail. I have removed my review to avoid any confusion.

    Cheers,
    DB

Red
2016 Chatto Wines Pinot Noir Isle Black Label Southern Tasmania
10/11/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
97 points
One bottle sacrificed in the interests of an early baseline, and oh my, this really is as good as everyone says.

This is a wine of rare beauty. A wine that manages to be elegant, ethereal and deeply mesmerising, whilst always remaining true to its roots. The wine is bright ruby in colour, with a nose that is richly perfumed with fresh and candied fruits. The beautifully ripened red fruits weave a seamless web of intrigue, delivering perfectly measured sweetness to the palate. The mid-palate is a melody of candied fruit, musk, fresh fennel and herbal infusion, dancing across the tongue, providing exquisite savoury balance. The tannins are still tightly wound, readying to unfurl in the coming years, but there is a silky, sensuous tension they add to the wine. Truly exceptional.
  • Delectable Blue commented:

    10/12/17, 5:21 PM - Cheers Steady. I'll get around to posting it on AFF at some stage. :-)

Red
2012 Wolf Blass Shiraz Grey Label McLaren Vale
I have never had a Wolf Blass red that I really enjoyed, so I’ve been avoiding them for the last 20 years. I was hoping the Gray Label would change my mind. Alas, it’s not to be. The flavours taste very one-dimensional for me. The fruit tastes sharp and unappealing, the wine lacking any significant complexity, and the flavour balance tastes downright wrong to me. I really don’t get it. To me this is no better than a $10 VinoMofo Glenlofty shiraz. No where near as good actually. Down the sink I think!
  • Delectable Blue commented:

    10/8/17, 10:19 PM - For what its worth, since posting my original notes I have been contacted by several others who share my opinion of these wines, so I’m not alone in my views.

    There really are not many wines that I have a strong dislike of. It’s probably just a single chemical in the wine that I’m particularly sensitive to that makes it unpalatable to me. There is one other wine from the same region that I have the same response to, so it may be something in the terroir.

    I don’t deny that others enjoy the wine, and I’m glad that they do. Thankfully we all have different taste profiles, otherwise the world would be a very dull and boring place. I’m sorry if you took offense to my post.

    Cheers!

  • Delectable Blue commented:

    10/9/17, 1:24 AM - Thankfully I'm not a critic, so I'm not bound by any social conventions to conform to particular scoring norms. I just call them like I see (or taste) them. To my tastes the wine was undrinkable, so I marked it accordingly. Who knows, it may just have been a bad bottle. :-)

Red
2013 Hungerford Hill Pinot Noir Tumbarumba
2/20/2017 - BuzzzzOff Does not like this wine:
70 points
Big expectations, bigger failure. Too much alcohol, over-oaked, tooty-fruity, sticky tannins (really!?). Simply sad...
  • Delectable Blue commented:

    2/21/17, 1:18 AM - Hey BuzzOff, sorry you've had such a bad experience with this wine. There is no doubt it is a very difficult beast, especially with that high alcohol content. Did you give it a nice long decant? I found that straight out of the bottle it is pretty unapproachable, but for me it did soften appreciably with plenty of air time. I'm putting my remaining bottles away for a good while hoping for a miracle. I hope you don't have too many to deal with.

    Cheers,
    DB

Red
2014 Valli Pinot Noir Gibbston Vineyard Central Otago
11/24/2016 - Dom K Likes this wine:
95 points
Very drinkable. Lots of focus is required here because it's so easy to just guzzle this down without appreciating its sheer beauty. When taking the time to think about what you're drinking, there is cherries, bright berry flavours, cream and lively racy acidity. Enjoying this on a bright sunny spring day in Arrowtown. One of life's great pleasures.
  • Delectable Blue commented:

    11/24/16, 8:21 PM - Agreed, the 2014 Valli Pinot's are cracking wines. I loved the Gibbston, but the Waitaki and the Burn Cottage are even better if you get a chance to sample them. I'm glad you are enjoying Arrowtown. Central Otago is a very special place. Have you been out to Felton Road? Their new tasting room should be open by now. Quality wines...

    Cheers,
    DB

Red
2008 James Irvine Merlot Grand Merlot Eden Valley
10/11/2016 - Andrew67 wrote:
88 points
Plums, dark cherry. The wine is out of balance for me to be honest. The fruit is nice enough but the acidity is a little sharp. I feel it has passed its best. Possibly a bottle issue, but I won't be rushing to buy any more.
  • Delectable Blue commented:

    10/13/16, 12:57 AM - I've had similar problems with the 2006 vintage. There seems to be quite a bit of bottle to bottle variation. When they're good they're great, but otherwise very ordinary. Seems to be a bit of a crap shoot. It don't remember this being an issue with earlier vintages (back in the '90s), so it may be a recent phenomenon. I wonder if it has anything to do with the cork. Maybe they should follow the crowd and move to stelvin.

Red
2010 Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Coonawarra
10/12/2016 - jskuek Does not like this wine:
86 points
Too young, green even after one hour in decanter. Please wait over 3-5 years before trying.
  • Delectable Blue commented:

    10/12/16, 12:55 AM - I agree. The wine is still way too tannic at this point. However if you decant it for a full 24 hours, it opens up beautifully. It just needs lots of air time.

    Cheers,
    DB

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