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2007 Reserve Merlot                                       SOLD OUT

 

Description

The 2007 Reserve Merlot is a deep plum red coloured wine with a vibrant lifted nose of red fruits from stone to berries, with a framework of delicious subtle oak.  The palate is totally in balance with bright fruits framed by smoky oak and the tannins smoothness and strength which nod to its potential.  A wine that has the ability to age 5-15 years, but by drinking it now you can be assured of a perfect glass of red.

 

If drunk with food (which is certainly recommended as there are few greater pleasures), we suggest the classic combination of roast beef with all the trimmings with this wine. Other combinations that should provide delight include pheasant (use truffle oil for basting), Ox tail in a reduced stock, and homemade beef and kidney pie (don’t skimp on the meat!).

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews

 

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

This is released next month and if you have any bent for classically-styled merlot, you’d be doing well to grab yourself some of this.

Great to smell, great to drink, great to contemplate what it’s going to become. It has concentration of mulberried, blackberried flavour but really that’s not its game. Its ‘thing’ is structure, a minerally strut of tannin, tobacco-like edges and perfect form in the mouth. It drinks well the minute you open it, and even better a day later. There are some eucalypt-y notes and various, subtle, complexing notes - but there’s no need to list or count them. The wine is, simply, excellent. I don’t even like merlot but I’ll be buying some of this.

 

Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Mar09
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2012 - 2020

The Wine Front

Technical Details

 

This is the first Reserve wine made at Blue Poles, and as such represents the best wine that we can produce from our site in the heart of Margaret River.  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 7,509 kg

                                    Brix 24.8

                                    pH 3.22

                                    TA 5.60

 

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 17 months. 

 

Our first reserve wine was made by tasting and retasting every barrel of wine that we had produced from the 2007 vintage until we came across a combination of 4 barrels that was simply exemplary.  The structure of the wine, the poise and the tautness of all the wines elements were critical in the selection process – and when combined prior to bottling we realised that we had managed to produce a very special wine from our vines in Osmington, Margaret River.  Nearly 100% Merlot (there is a touch of Cabernet Franc); this wine mimics the wines of Pomerol in Bordeaux much to our delight.

 

 

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