2006 Allouran (Merlot / Cabernet Franc)
Museum Release only - contact us to order
The 2006 “Allouran” is a
deep dark plum red with a lifted nose of plums, chocolate, sweet grilled red
capsicum and an exotic hint of allspice. The palate is fully integrated with
great fruit flavours and the finest of tannins, giving in to a long delicious
length. A wine that has the potential to age at least 4-9 years, but you can be
assured of the wine drinking well now.
If drunk with food (which is
certainly recommended as there are few greater pleasures), we recommend rich
beef and game dishes, Osso Bucco with either Beef or Venison is a particularly
fine match with this wine.
screwcap to ensure the wine made by us arrives to you as we intended it to.
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
I had a quiet dinner with one of the
owners of this vineyard last week and in a curious twist we were
served by a Polish waitress with a slight grey blue tinge to her
complexion. I can also report that the 2007 vintage of this wine is
an absolute snorter.
Clean, fresh and fragrant with
raspberry, plum, chocolate, baking spices and a touch of gum leaf
and pepper. Then medium bodied, suave and composed with crisp acid
(not intrusive) and flavours of small red berries, blackcurrant and
eucalypt. There’s fine grained but firm tannin with the merest hint
of green and a good clean finish. It’s light but fair with a
Euro-sensibility and a natural affinity for the dinner table.
Something of a triumph considering the vintage too.
Rated : 91 Points
Tasted : Nov08
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2009 - 2014
The Wine Front
A wine that is made on the back
of many hours of work and dedication is one that will always be remembered, and
this level of commitment is shown in our 2006 'Allouran'. The season was a
difficult one for the Margaret River region with a cold start to the season,
with temperatures from October to December being some of the coldest ever
recorded in Margaret River. With such a cool start to the year a lot of work
was required in the vineyard to keep the vines in the best possible shape and to
ensure the fruit would ripen fully. This was achieved and the grapes were
picked very late in the season in dry conditions.
The fruit was severely thinned
prior to harvest, and during hand harvesting any grapes that were considered not
good “enough to eat” were dropped on the ground. The technical data on these
hand picked grapes are as below:
Picked 15 April 2006
Total weight 3122 kg
Picked 25 April 2006
Total weight 2422 kg
We were fortunate enough to
have Sharna Kowalczuk from Vasse River Wines make our wine and she completed an
exemplarily job with our grapes from arrival through to bottling. The wine was
fermented in a closed vat and continuously “pumped over” to extract colour and
tannins softly, with ferment being completed after 10 days. The wine was
pressed and placed in French oak barrels and stored for 17 months.