Blue Poles Vineyard

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2007 Allouran (Merlot / Cabernet Franc)                  Museum Release only - contact us to order



The 2007 “Allouran” is a deep red black with a lifted nose of plums, chocolate, blackcurrant and an exotic hint of a fine Cuban cigar.  The palate is rich and 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 5-12 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, as well as duck confit which marries the weight of the wine with the texture of the meat.


Sealed under screwcap to ensure the wine made by us arrives to you as we intended it to.




Link - The Weekly Review - 30 June 2010




Gary Walsh, The Wine Front


“This was tasted back in January for The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 and my notes have a score of 93-94. Mattinson chose the lower number for publication, although curiously I had their 07 Reserve Merlot (not in the book) a couple of points lower than his whopping 94 point rating.


Delightful - sweet grassy Franc married to rich plummy Merlot with good nutty oak in support. Rich but controlled with3 some savoury flavours and a general red fruitedness, firm tannin, freshness and excellent length. Subtle mocha oak on exit. It all flows along merrily merrily - like a dream. Brilliant price for a wine of this quality.”


Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Jan09
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2012 - 2020

The Wine Front





Whilst inspired by the Old World – specifically, the right bank of Bordeaux – the 07 Allouran represents the potential for great quality Merlot / Cabernet Franc blends in Margaret River; aromatics of blackcurrant leaf, ash and dark cherries allure the drinker to a palate of juicy red plums, framed by graphite like tannins. More plantings of Merlot and Cabernet Franc please…

Tom Hogan – Head Sommelier, The Lakehouse         hats



Technical Details

2007 was a red wine vintage that may go down as one of the region’s best, perfect warm spring conditions led into a mild but still warm summer that meant the grapes were perfectly ripe and full of flavour the earliest in our short vineyards history.  All of the vines had little to no disease pressure and were not damaged by birds that miraculously left the vines alone due to the proliferation of blossom from the surrounding Marri trees.  A wonderful year to be a vigneron!


The fruit was severely thinned prior to harvest, and just prior to the first and only time we have used a mechanical harvester, any grapes that were considered not good “enough to eat” were dropped on the ground.  The technical data on these grapes are as below:


Merlot:                         Picked 15 March 2007

                                    Total weight 7509 kg

                                    Brix 24.8

                                    pH 3.22

                                    TA 5.60


Cabernet Franc:           Picked 24 March 2007

                                    Total weight 3127 kg

                                    Brix 24.8

                                    pH 3.51

                                    TA 4.60


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 19 months.  The final blend of grapes for this wine was 66% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc – a classic St Emilion wine style of the Bordeaux region of France.




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