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2008 Allouran (Merlot / Cabernet Franc)                  Sold out




The 2008 “Allouran” is a deep red black with a lifted nose of deep red fruits with chocolate and an exotic hint of a fine Cuban cigar.  The palate is full and balanced with great fruit flavours and the stamp of Blue Poles fine tannins, giving in to a long delicious length.  A wine that has the potential to age at least 6-15 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.




Campbell Mattinson,   

This Allouran is a very alluring wine.


You have to go for a bit of acidity, mind. It fairly trills with mouth-watering acid. But such effect entirely suits the wine. It tastes of dusted chocolate and pencils, ripe plums and dried-out hay. Beautiful overall effect. Gorgeous squeeze of tannin through the finish. Length to burn. Walks to the beat of its own drum – successfully.”


Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Jun11
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2013 - 2020



Technical Details

2008 brought back a sense of normality after the terribly cold and sturdy 2006, and the incredibly warm and rich 2007, with a vintage that required a long dry finish to vintage to bring out the best of the fruit’s flavours and the finest of ripe tannins. A truly classic year with all the fruit having the most intense depth of character, which went through to the finished wine.


The fruit was as always severely thinned prior to harvest, usually just prior to veraison (the changing of colour in the grapes). All fruit were hand-picked and tonnage was lower on both varieties, with quite a large reduction in our Cabernet Franc vintage.  The technical data on these grapes are as below:


Merlot:                         Picked 29 March 2008

                                    Total weight 7,509 kg

                                    Baume 13.7

                                    pH 3.43

                                    TA 4.90


Cabernet Franc:           Picked 15 April 2008

                                    Total weight 1,419 kg

                                    Baume 13.9

                                    pH 3.60

                                    TA 5.68


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 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc – a classic St Emilion wine style of the Bordeaux region of France.




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