2008 Allouran (Merlot / Cabernet Franc)
“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.
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.
“This Allouran is a very
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
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.
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:
Picked 15 April 2008
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.