Blue Poles Vineyard
2015 Reserve Merlot COMING SOON
Since 2007 we have selected a Reserve wine from individual varieties at Blue Poles when both the vintage and the variety allows for the wine to be exceptional. As such they represent the best varietal wine that we can produce from our site in the heart of Margaret River. 2015 was a warm Margaret River red wine vintage with an early budburst as spring warmed early, and then followed by a warm dry January and February (but with few heat extremes – steady warmth all the way through). In early March the grapes were approaching ripeness 2 weeks in advance of our usual picking dates, but the early start to the vintage meant the grapes were not reduced in flavour or balance. Two major rain events occurred in the middle of March and we picked the Merlot before any rain had managed to soak into our dry soil, meaning the grapes came off in exceptional shape. A very good year for reds, 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 17 March 2015
Total weight 6,324 kg
(Only 6 Barrels selected for the Reserve)
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 14 days. The wine was pressed and placed in French oak barrels and stored for 22 months.
This wine was made by tasting and re-tasting every barrel of wine that we had produced from the 2015 vintage and came across a combination of 6 barrels that was simply exemplary. Our usual volume of Reserve Merlot was achieved this year with the larger crop and the balancing barrels produced an exceptional Allouran. A “masculine” and concentrated wine, medium-well weighted with great length – this wine is strongly structured but feels “deep”. Will last for decades and suits slow roasted red meats as an accompaniment to an opened bottle.