Tasting Notes for Delectable Blue

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Red
10/14/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine is developing nicely. The dark fruits are still very prominent and powerful, although they are starting to soften a little, providing a seamless transition into the mid-palate. This is a very intense wine, with power of the fruit balanced by sultry and smokey flavours through the mid-palate. Some roasted fennel has now joined the party, providing a nice aniseed lick on the finish. The tannins are soft, and have an ultra-fine, talc like consistency and the balance is good. Very nice.
Red
10/21/2018 - Delectable Blue wrote:
88 points
Not quite reaching the heady peaks of the 2015, but this is still a nice Shiraz. The blackberry and dark plum fruit are concentrated, and have a generous mouthfeel, creating good power through the palate. There is a lot going on in the mid-palate, with some herbal characters, soft spices, dark chocolate and a nice lick of spearmint through to the finish. The tannins are quite firm but taste a little raw, needing time to integrate fully, with good acidity in support. Quite a nice wine that will improve with time.
Red
2015 Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
86 points
This wine is in one of those in-between phases at the moment, having lost that initial blush of youth but without enough time for too much complexity to develop. The dark fruits still feel generous in the mouth, if not quite as intense as when young. Even though there is no great depth to the mid-palate complexity, there are a couple of very attractive notes, with lifted violets quite dominant and supported by plum pudding characters. The tannins are still firm and a little drying, backed by medium acidity. Quite nice, but needs more time.
Red
10/27/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
89 points
I was a little down on this wine when I last tasted it. Maybe it was an unrepresentative bottle, but this one is much improved. The fruits are super dark and quite intense with dusty plum and black cherry fruit, far from a fruit bomb. There is now nice complexity evident, with concentrated espresso and herbal notes providing a good counterbalance to the intensity of the fruit, all wrapped in a comforting blanket of toasty oak. The tannins are still velvety and there is medium acidity in support. Very nice.
Red
9/22/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, what a truly delightful PM this is. It is very light bodied and delicate but still with beautiful intensity from the candied red cherry and strawberry fruit which keep pushing and pushing through the palate. The fruit flavours are seductively intertwined with red liquorice and sweet herbs to deliver a very moreish wine. The tannins are fine and are set against a playful acidity, that isn’t too racy, but gives a great textural mouthfeel. Yum, yum, yum. Easily the best PM I’ve tasted.
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Red
9/26/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
86 points
This wine is technically a cool climate shiraz, but it really feels like it’s trying to be warm climate and not quite getting there. There is good intensity from the very dark fruits, but there is almost no sweetness, leaving the wine tasting a little green and underripe. The mid-palate is interesting, with marked floral highlights, including violets, even iris. The tannins are firm and backed by medium+ acidity. I suspect this will improve with age but it is a difficult proposition right at the moment.
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Red
9/29/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
91 points
This was a surprising wine. There is a lot going on here. The powerful dark fruits are quite deep and concentrated. There is the merest hint of sweetness which is well balanced against a savoury mid-palate, featuring dark chocolate,
mocha, cured meats and soft spice. Quite an enticing package. The tannins are fine but quite prominent and are supported by medium acidity. The finish nicely extended. Very nice.
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Red
10/3/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
89 points
This is an interesting shiraz. It’s strangely compelling, but not very typical. The fruits are very dark, with almost no sweetness, making this a very dry and savoury affair. The fruit have an almost vegetative character, but they are not stemmy or green. The wine is concentrated and smooth in the mouth, with the mid-palate carrying great weight with dried herbs and spices and carrying a gravelly character on the long finish. The tannins firm, with medium acidity. A very curious wine.
White
10/6/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
92 points
There is real intensity to the fruit here, with melon and white peach flavours dominating the palate. The fruit is supported by fantastic complexity through the mid-palate for a young wine, with toffee apple, pie crust and a hint of lime zest adding a culinary aspect, and struck match and an underlying flinty minerality adding a savoury. All backed by fresh acidity. Superb.
Red
9/9/2018 - Delectable Blue wrote:
93 points
What a treat this was. Totally transformed since my initial tasting. The rich and dark raspberry dominant fruits are starting to settle down and broaden into a beautiful river of rippling flavour, with perfumed aromatic highlights. The mid-palate is developing nicely with sweet french herbs acting as an opener, and chocolate spearmint milk on the finish. The tannins are very fine gained and supple in the mouth, with good acidity in support giving a sherbet like twang to the finish. Magical and enthralling.
Red
8/26/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
92 points
This is developing beautifully. The dark and red berried fruit are now quite rich and have great depth but still feeling quite fresh. The mid-palate is fleshing out and has nicely layered complexity, with mixed sweet french herbs and cola flavours. There is beautiful tension between the richness of the fruit and the complexity of the mid-palate. The tannins are very supple and slightly drying, the acidity still fresh. The finish is long and highly perfumed, with raspberry and vanilla highlights. Very nice.
Red
7/14/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow, just wow, this pinot is in an incredible place at the moment. I wasn’t really expecting this to age to any extent, but the transformation here is amazing. The bouquet is a real delight with a mix of rose potpourri and forest floor characteristics. There is a promise of sweetness from the raspberry and dark cherry fruits. Then mid palate is richly opulent, a glorious symphony of savoury spiced fruits and musk. It is deeply layered and intertwined with supple and silky tannins. Superb.
White
7/15/2018 - Delectable Blue wrote:
85 points
The wine is tasting a little flat and one dimensional to me at the moment, probably going through a dumb phase. The vibrancy of the fruit has faded a little, with the citrus flavours dominating the palate. The secondary complexity has only just started developing, but is yet to reach prominence. There is still a strongly underpinned minerality to the wine and nice crunchy acidity. Needs time.
Red
7/15/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
95 points
Finally the Meshach experience I’ve been looking for. This is rich and opulent and so beautifully and deeply layered. The dark raspberry fruits are a little faded, but still carrying an elegant power. The secondary complexity is very refined, with dark chocolate, fennel, resinous tar, volcanic rock and cigar box. The tannins are luxuriously silky and there is still some acidity apparent. Very nice. A deeply satisfying wine.
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Red
5/16/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a merlot with long legs and some shapely curves. Deep garnet in colour, with an inviting nose. Rich and round in the mouth, with dark plum and mulberry fruits that are quite insistent. The mid-palate is complex and very savoury in nature, with bay leaf, fig and cedar overtones and fine grained oak lending a subtle smokiness to the finish. There is freshness courtesy of some medium acidity and the tannins are fine and supple. A very nice merlot with plenty of time left in it.
Red
5/13/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep magenta in colour, the nose slightly closed. The blackcurrant and blackberry fruit are fresh and vibrant, whilst remaining tight and muscular. There are mixed fresh herbs and green capsicum through the mid-palate, backed by volcanic rubble, dark chocolate and a seductive smokiness that goes on forever. The tannins are ripe but quite supple and supported by medium acidity. The wine has great purity and and length. It is still very linear in its youth, but is showing great promise. Deeply satisfying.
Red
3/4/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
93 points
Another nice Barossan cabernet. This one still in a transitionary phase. The fruit is an essay written in cassis with footnotes of blueberry. The fruit still have the sweetness of their youth, but the intensity has waned a little since first tasting. However the mid-palate is starting to fill out, with earthy tones of black olive and bramble adding nicely to a backdrop of nutmeg and liquorice. The oak is integrating nicely, with a smoky note added to the long finish. Very nice, but should improve with time.
White
3/3/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
94 points
Pale gold in colour, with a hint of green on the margins. The nose is inviting, with ripe stone fruit and cream. The palate is exceptionally rich with a slight oiliness to the mouthfeel. The mid-palate complexity is quite exquisite, something to really savour. The flavours are dominated by pie crust, caramel-cream, baking spice and candied pineapple, underpinned by a fine quartz minerality. There is an ethereal smokiness on the finish that lingers and lingers. A deeply satisfying wine.
Red
1/26/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
93 points
Happy Australia Day! This is a quality pinot. Its class and elegance apparent from first sip. The nose is highly perfumed and alluring, inviting deeper inspection. The black cherry fruit are slightly sweet and beautifully detailed and layered. The tannins are fine and sensuous, and deeply entwined through a herbal and savoury mid-palate. There is spicy fresh fennel, clove and just a hint of stalky bitterness, all in perfect balance. The finish is very long and quite intense. Just beautiful.
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Red
12/26/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
91 points
A shiraz from the Coal river vineyard. The wine is very aromatic, but quite unusual, with florals and nutty aromas dominant. The wine is surprisingly medium bodied, almost light bodied, but is beautifully layered and textured. The fruits are dark and are nicely layered against a deeply savoury and highly textured mid-palate. The tannins are exceptionally supply and silky in the mouth, and the finish is quite extended. Very nice.
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Red
12/25/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
89 points
The Reveur spends 21 months on oak, resulting in lifted vanillan notes on the nose and through the palate. The fruits are darker, and tighter and quite muscular in nature. There is good depth and nicely layered complexity through the mid-palate. The tannins are silky and supple and the wine has a nice long finish. Very nice.
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Red
2/11/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
91 points
This is an impressive, if young, cabernet. The blackcurrant and blackberry fruit are rich, intense and quite insistent in the mouth, without being overly sweet. The mid-palate is dense and complex, with fresh french herbs, baking spice, dark chocolate, and dried fig. The tannins are still quite muscular, but not overly drying, and provide great structure, along with good acidity. The finish is long and refined. A very impressive debut for this youngster.
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Red
2/24/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
90 points
This cabernet is in a nice place at the moment. When first tasted, the wine was a little sweet, but that initial sweetness of the blackberry and cassis fruit has faded slightly and has given way to a beautiful, violet laced and deeply herbal mid-palate. There is a nice lick of fennel along with lashings fresh sweet french herbs. The tannins are fine and talc like, and slightly drying in the mouth. The balance is good and the oak is integrating nicely. The work yummy comes to mind - repeatedly.
Red
1/15/2018 - Delectable Blue wrote:
82 points
A wine from the fabled 2014 Hunter Valley vintage. I tasted this as a young wine and was impressed by it. However at the moment it’s not really pressing my buttons. The wine is presenting as a fruit-bomb, dominated by sweet black cherry and raspberry fruits. The mid-palate feels a little hollow, and lacks any significant complexity, leading to a wine that just feels unbalanced. On a positive note, the tannins are quite velvety, and there is a nice lick of vanillan oak on the finish. Hoping for improvement.
Red
1/13/2018 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine is developing nicely. The dark fruits are still very prominent and powerful, although they are starting to soften a little, providing a seamless transition into the mid-palate. This is a very intense wine, with power of the fruit balanced by sultry and smokey flavours through the mid-palate. Some roasted fennel has now joined the party, providing a nice aniseed lick on the finish. The tannins are soft, and have an ultra-fine, talc like consistency and the balance is good. Very nice.
Red
12/23/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
89 points
The twins shiraz has settled down considerably since last tasting. The dark fruits are still fresh and powerful, but the mid-palate is now starting to integrate with the rest of the wine. The wine is deeply savoury in nature, with a panoply of dried herbs across the palate, supported by tar, liquorice and toasty malt. There are still smokey cedary notes on the finish, but they are now tasting like a consolidated component rather than an add on. The balance is good and the tannins are soft and round. Nice.
Red
12/17/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
96 points
My last 2006 GM was disappointing, but this bottle more than made up for that. This was exceptional bottle. The last bottle smelt and tasted a little porty, but this one was simply divine. The bouquet was room filling and deeply perfumed - simply to do die for. The palate was smooth and deeply layered, with the rich sugar-plum fruit gracefully giving way to a deeply complex mid-palate, with a nice smokey backdrop. The tannins were silky and supple and the finish gloriously long. Exquisite.
Red
2014 Rockford Rod & Spur Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/2/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
88 points
This wine is currently a tricky proposition. It is quite tannic, with powerful muscular tannins overwhelming the mouthfeel. There is not a lot of sweetness coming through from the dark, dark fruits, and a deeply herbal mid-palate leaves an acidic, almost sour taste in the mouth. There is great potential here, and there is no doubt that this will develop into an exceptional wine, but is in need of many years to reach that goal.

It paired well with a very sharp cheddar cheese, but was hard going on its own.
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Red
11/10/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a very nice, if quite young, Barossan shiraz. The blueberry and boysenberry fruit are rich without being too sweet. There is real power to their expression. However the real highlight is the deep and seductive weave of herbs and soft spices through the mid-palate. So dense is the weave, it is very difficult to tease out any individual component, however this is a good helping of fennel like anise. The tannins are firm and ripe and the finish quite extended. Very nice.
White
11/7/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
85 points
This wine is a real enigma. It looks and tastes like a ten year old Hunter Valley semillon. Bright golden in colour, rich ripe melon fruits, backed with a lick of honey. There is also a malolactic like creaminess to the mouthfeel, despite the lack of oak treatment. There is medium acidity and a very light salinity on the finish. Intriguing.

So if you want to try an aged Hunter Valley semillon, but don’t want to wait, just grab one of these. :-)
Red
11/3/2017 - Delectable Blue wrote:
83 points
On night one, the wine was quite unapproachable, but by the second night it had softened considerably and started drinking okay. By night three it had become even more mellow and quite agreeable. It’s certainly not going to win any awards, but the red fruits are well rounded, with sappy briar overtones and red liquorice through the mid-palate. The tannins ripe and chewey, and finishing with a slight hint of charry oak.
Red
10/26/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
92 points
A new twist on an Aussie classic, the good old cab shiraz. This one has lashings of rich ripe fruit, tempered beautifully by a deep and seductive savoury mid-palate. The fruit are a nice blend of boysenberry, cassis, & dark cherry, all ripened to perfection. This quickly transitions to the mid-palate that is awash with black olives, dried herbs, fennel and liquorice, with a hint of mint, graphite and pencil shavings the finish. The tannins supple. I don’t know what these guys are smoking, but I want some.
White
10/25/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
96 points
Another smashing chardonnay from the Hunter Valley crew, who have really found their groove. The fruit is rich and fresh, dripping with ripe honeydew melon and starfruit. The light oak treatment is expertly applied, with wild fermentation in large french puncheons, and barley a hint of malolactic fermentation. There is a firm underlying flinty minerality, which is perfectly balanced against the ripeness of the fruit. Easily a match for any Lake’s Folly chardy I have tasted. Simply superb. Love it to bits.
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Red
10/20/2017 - Delectable Blue wrote:
85 points
This wine was something of a disappointment. Meshach is one of my favourite Australian wines, but this bottle did not live up to expectations.

The primacy of the fruit had given way to a generic, almost bland sweetness, on the front palate. There were some ageing notes evident through the mid-palate, but these were overpowered by that sweetness. The tannins were supple and there was still some acid evident on the finish. Overall a very disappointing experience. I hope my other bottles present better than this.

This was bought from Langtons, and I suspect that the provenance was not up to scratch. Not happy!
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Red
10/18/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
94 points
I fell in love with this as a young wine, and I’ve got to say, a couple of years of bottle age has done it no harm at all. The nose has now developed nicely, showing a heady perfume of spiced stewed fruit and forest floor. The palate is full of funk and musk, backed by subtle cherry fruits. The palate is nicely layered, and the mid-palate is sensuous and silky. The tannins ultra fine, with a long finish. This is a wine that is built at the economy end of the spectrum, but I just love it to bits. Divine.
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Red
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.
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Red
Sweet and concentrated black cherry, goji berry and cranberry fruit. The mid-palate is a dusty playground, with some sweet herbal notes and dark chocolate in providing some balance and counterpoint. The tannins are firm and ripe and there is a generous helping of slightly unintegrated oak. The wine has a very long finish and is well balanced. It is not a bad wine by any means, but just too sweet for me. It really demands to be drunk with some rich umami food.
Red
As one great song says - it’s a fine line between pleasure and pain. This is clearly very well made and quite high in quality, but I really struggle to identify with it. It is savoury in nature and intensely herbal. The dark plum fruits offer just a touch of sweetness, but are quickly overtaken by a freight train of savoury complexity. There is fennel and spice, floating atop a green oaky backdrop. The tannins are firm and the finish is long. Technically it is a very good wine, but I struggled to drink it.
Red
9/6/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
88 points
Not quite as well composed as the 2012. The plum and raspberry fruit are still very dusky, and the mid-palate is awash with goji berry and soft spices. The tannins are firm, ripe and very textural. There is still dry cocoa on the finish, with a hint of spearmint. Nice, but there was quite a bit of sediment, which surprised me.
Red
This is another pinot that is not quite ready for prime time. There is a slight barnyard funk on the nose, and the cherry and raspberry fruit are also a little on the funky side, although a little indistinct in the process. The mid-palate is unusual - the flavours, as opposed to the bouquet, are deeply perfumed. It tastes like I’ve been sucking on a perfume bottle (yes, I’ve done that). There are some cola flavours, and a hint of cardamon in support. The tannins are soft and the finish is unbalanced.
Red
8/25/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
93 points
There seem to be a few negative reviews for this wine, which feels a little harsh for what is still a very young wine with a long life ahead of it.

This is definitely a quality wine. It is a little closed on the nose, but the blueberry and dark plum fruit are ripe and concentrated. The wine has great depth and good complexity, and a beautifully playful and herbal mid-palate, with sweet basil and fennel sitting seamlessly alongside smooth milk chocolate, and toasty oak with a hint of vanilla. The tannins are ripe and velvety, and the wine has a nice long finish, with a lick of spearmint. There’s a lot to like here, and it should develop nicely.

Is it worth $75, probably not, but at $25 it’s a genuine bargain.
Red
8/22/2017 - Delectable Blue wrote:
85 points
A deep, intense and well structured Tassie pinot. The fruit is bright and expressive, a mix of dark and red fruits, cherry and strawberry. The mid-palate is spicy with layers of cola flavours dominating, and deepish red liquorice through the finish. The tannins are firm and drying, leaving a mouth a little squeaky. The finish is nicely extended. It’s nice, but is just slightly unbalanced at this stage.
Red
8/13/2017 - Delectable Blue wrote:
85 points
There are floral highlights on the nose along with some subtle damp loam, grounding the wine. The red fruits are rich and complex, with cherry and strawberry, but there is also underripe plum that dominates the palate for me. The mid-palate has some vegetative fennel flavours, supported by cola and a complex potpourri of florals. There are subtle traces of oak, the tannins are firm and ripe, leading to an extended finish. I think this will develop into a very nice wine, but it’s a little raw at the moment.
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/12/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
85 points
A late harvest wine, with a slight sweeter palate than the typical Gewurz, but not overly so. The lychee and peach fruit are delicate and layered. There is a nice gentle spiciness to the mid-palate that caresses the palate without overwhelming it. Only medium acidity, I was hoping for more, along with a little more development at this stage. Nice, but still a work in progress.
Red
8/11/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
93 points
What an epic wine, almost monumental in stature. Taking 8 hours to become approachable, but so worth the wait. As deep and rich as many top end Barossan shiraz. Most unexpected from what was by all accounts a challenging vintage, with some of the fruit sourced from outside the Hunver Valley. The wine has an intense jubey nose, vibrant and concentrated plum, blackberry, and dark raspberry fruit. Toasty oak, green olive, resinous tar and anise through the mid-palate, and rich velvety curtains of tannin. Wow.
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Red
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.
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Red
8/8/2017 - Delectable Blue Likes this wine:
93 points
The last of the individual wines that go into the Dr Edge blend, and this one’s a ripper. The nose is quite bright and alluring. There is a generosity to the red cherry fruit that demands a deeper inspection. There is a gentle spicy ribbon that runs through the mid-palate, leading to tannins that are fine and lacy, giving the wine a textural component. Just delightful.
Red
I’m a little disappointed, both in myself and this wine. Firstly that I allowed a telemarketer to talk me into this wine on the basis that “it’s a Bannockburn” and secondly, because it just sucks.

It is almost full bodied for a Pinot, although a little cloudy. But the funky sour cherry fruit are unbalanced against the rest of the herbal/cola palate. I left it for 24 hours which helped, but the wine is still fundamentally unbalanced. I’d say it needs at least another 5 years to be drinkable.
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