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2008 Reserve Merlot                                                                Sold out

 

Description

The 2008 Reserve Merlot is a deep dark red coloured wine with a classic lifted nose of plums and berries with a hint of red capsicum and spice, in a framework of delicious subtle oak.  The palate is rich and deep with amazing pure intensity of both fruit flavours and smooth interwoven French oak.  The tannins are polished, fine and strong giving a window to view this wines great 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 one of life's greater pleasures), we certainly recommend the classic combination of roast beef with all the trimmings with this wine.  Other combinations that should delight include any game bird (use truffle oil for basting), ox-tail in a reduced stock, and even classic Hungarian goulash.

 

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

 

 

Article

 

Link - The Weekly Review - 8 September 2010

 

 

Reviews

 

Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11, Hardie Grant Books

“Fresh and well weighted with good balance and length. This has all the bases of a fine wine covered.  It has lovely oak treatment too – its flavours already meshing with the grape-derived notes of blackberry, plum, menthol and fragrant pipe tobacco.  It’s medium bodied with supple fine grained tannins and a kind of drawing-room charm.  It doesn’t quite fill all the corners of the mouth, but given time to mature, we reckon it will. Lovely.”

 

Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Feb10
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2012 - 2020

 

 

Testimonials

 

Finding interesting, regionally true wines to add to our lists is always a difficult task. A task that seems infinitely more difficult when looking at the Margaret River region. Perhaps it is the tyranny of distance that stops many from making it across to the east coast.  Whatever the reason the wines we crave to fill spots on the list just do not seem to come along very often. Thankfully we have been lucky enough recently to have the Reserve Merlot 2008 from Blue Poles thrust under our noses. A vibrant, varietal wine that benefits from deft winemaking which manages to happily strut the prowess of the region, variety and winemaker all in the same breath. 

  Mark Protheroe – Head Sommelier, Grossi Florentino         hats

 

 

 

Technical Details

 

This is our second 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.  The 2008 vintage was classical for Margaret River red wine with initially quite wet spring conditions, leading into a dry but still early summer ensuring good flowering conditions.  The conditions in summer were warm and dry, and that means the grapes were perfectly ripe with concentrated flavours due to the longer season.  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 year that almost guarantees the quality of the wine!

 

The fruit was severely thinned prior to harvest, and handpicked early one morning, 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:                29 March 2008

                                      Total weight:      7,942 kg

                                      Brix:                    24.8

                                      pH:                      3.43

                                      TA:                      4.90

 

Sharna Kowalczuk, in her last vintage for Vasse River Wines, made this wine and she completed an exemplarily job with our grapes from ferment to barrel along with the new and talented winemaker Dave Johnson completing the process 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. 

 

This wine was made by tasting and re-tasting every barrel of wine that we had produced from the 2008 vintage until we came across a combination of 6 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 have managed to continue this fine vein of wines under this label.  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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