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2014 Reserve Merlot                                                                   SOLD OUT                                             

 

 

Campbell Mattinson – www.winefront.com.au

"Blue Poles is located in the heart of Margaret River, geographically, but otherwise seems to sit outside the main flow of things. It does things its own way; it’s a renegade of the classic varieties. The quantities produced are usually minor; it’s the insider’s outsider.

This is the first reserve merlot from the estate in a few years. It’s not particularly profound or deep or intense; you’d almost say it’s curious as to why it warranted the ‘reserve’ tag. It is though well-balanced and complex, with blond tobacco and briar herb notes flashing through black cherry, saltbush, mulberry and dried gum leaves. Oak plays a role, supportive at most, just enough to add an extra layer of positive pleasure. Tannin, ultra fine, is perfectly managed. Indeed that is the wine’s ‘thing’: balance, structure, the composure to take age with ease.”

 

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : May 2016
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap

 

 

Technical Details

 

When the vintage allows, we generate Reserve wines of individual varieties at Blue Poles, and as such they represent the best varietal wine that we can produce from our site in the heart of Margaret River.  2014 was a classic Margaret River red wine vintage with a cold and wet start to spring conditions, leading into a dry and eventually hot early summer.  The conditions in summer were warm and dry with February / March having limited very hot days ensuring that the grapes were perfectly ripe and concentrated in flavour due to the longer season.  A great year for reds and whites, giving opportunity for solid flavour retention and tannin concentration.

 

The fruit was severely thinned prior to veraison, 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 24 March 2014

                                    Total weight 3120 kg

                                    Baume 13.7

                                    pH 3.39

                                    TA 5.80

 

The wine was curated by Clive Otto and Kate Morgan and fermented in a closed vat and continuously “pumped over” to extract colour and tannins softly, with ferment being completed after 12 days.  The wine was pressed and placed in French oak barrels and stored for 20 months. 

 

This wine was made by tasting and retasting every barrel of wine that we had produced from the 2014 vintage and came across a combination of 3 barrels that was simply exemplary.  A reduced volume of Reserve Merlot was required so as to fulfil the requirements of the Allouran, but this in no way reduced the quality of this offering. A gyroscopically balanced wine, medium weight with great length – this wine is strongly structured but feels “easy”. Will last for decades and suits slow roasted red meats as an accompaniment to an opened bottle.

 

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