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2004 De Lisio The Catalyst - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale (5/26/2006)

Tasted May 26, 2006 at a retail tasting. Opened and served about an hour later in a Riedel Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon glass. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of cappuccino, blackberries and spice box. Flavors of black cherries dominate with some plums and a touch of earth. Integrated tannins and fresh acidity with a medium finish. Drink over the next 3-4 years. Based on the $38.24 per bottle local retail price I’d say the value is agreeable. (89 pts.)
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I also got 89 points for this one but my notes are quite different from WIML's:

Shiraz/Grenache blend. Raspberry compote, lavender, acai on nose. Palate is full of primary fruit, low acid, & plummy spice. Finishes a bit bitter.

Fruit descriptors are always a bit subjective; what surprises me here is that WIML picked up good acidity whereas I thought it was a little flat.

Available for only $30.00 at Wine Exchange, but even at that price, for me the value is only "acceptable" as opposed to agreeable. Whereas, a 90-point score would launch my value assessment up to "agreeable" and knocking on the door of "recommended".

Still working on my WIML-ese!
  • 2004 De Lisio The Catalyst - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale (1/22/2007)
    Decanted for 3 hours: BIG! Great concentration and extremly full bodied. Bursts of blackberry, vanilla, plum, licorice, some raspberry and earthy notes. A typical "in your face" Oz , inky, but a bit one-dimensional. I like this style quite much and the rest of the table with impressed as well how much fruit can rave in their mouth. (94 pts.)

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