Blue Poles Vineyard

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2008 Blue Poles Shiraz                                                    Sold out



Grown on the top of our vineyard to extract the heat and concentrate the fruit, the setting provides the confidence in the wine. Deep garnet red in the glass, with a nose of raspberry and spice, it moves continuously like smoke. The palate is medium weight and delicious with the richness of the fruit following through to the length. This wine would age gracefully for 2-5 years in a cool cellar.


Food matches for this wine include game such as venison (slow roasted saddle with a mulberry reduction), duck (anyway you want!), and moussaka (classic Greek style with eggplant and meat sauce topped with béchamel sauce).

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


The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11, Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh


“A classy but retrained style of wine.  Not so much a reserve release, as a 'reserved' release.  It's a savoury style that tastes spicy, peppery, pippy and cherried.  It's medium-bodied with attractive powdery tannins and a touch of meatiness.  Personality plus, in a good way.  A bit of a extra time in the bottle - stored in a cool, dark place - will not do it any harm at all. ”


Rated : 91 Points
Tasted : Feb 2010
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $20
Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2011 - 2015

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Technical Details

The growing season in 2008 provided a season which brought the grapes through to ripeness without extremes of heat and any significant rainfall. By extending the season many red wines in Margaret River have generated an extra fine dimension as the tannins became wholly developed and smooth, matching in with fruit flavours that were fully ripe. 2008 will be considered a classic vintage for red wines in the region and will produce many long lasting and significant wines.


All the grapes were handpicked in the cool of the morning and de-stemmed at the winery prior to the heat of the day, preserving all the aromatics and richness of the juice.  An addition of a mere 10kg of very ripe Viognier picked specifically for this wine was also combined with the fruit, so as to have a touch of Cote Rotie style influence this our first wine from our “Roasted Slope”.  This is our first commercial vintage from Blue Poles Vineyard, with the harvest technical data as below:


Picked 2 April 2008             


Beaumé 14.3                            

pH 3.42                                     

TA 5.0 g/L                               


Sharna Kowalczuk and her team of workers made an exemplary wine from our first vintage of Shiraz grapes.  Minimum handling and winemaker influence is always the order of the day when making a Blue Poles wine and the Shiraz received just such attention. The grapes were fermented in open top fermenters and plunged up to 4 times a day to enhance colour extraction and ensuring the wine was saturated with flavour, with ferment completed after 12 days.  Stored in new and 1-2 year old French oak barrels for 18 months, with a variety of coopers used to create the complexity we desire, this wine has gained weight and pedigree with the passage of time.




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