Blue Poles Vineyard
2010 Blue Poles Viognier $18/bt
Pale golden yellow in colour with a nose of subtle white peach, tangerine with a hint of baking and ginger spice. The palate is rich and balanced with the fruit confirmed and the integrated acidity giving this wine a lovely lift and a nice clean length. Can be consumed immediately, but has the capacity to age gracefully in a cool cellar for 2-4 years.
Food matches for this wine include seafood (scallops and fresh WA crayfish suit the wine perfectly), asian styled dishes (especially steamed fish with soy sauce and greens – delightful), and creamy poultry dishes.
Sealed under screwcap to ensure the wine made by us arrives to you as we intended it to.
The growing season in 2010 was a classic vintage in Margaret River due to the long even growing season with minimal heat spikes. Our Viognier avoided much of the problems of the year and set a good crop and it required little effort to bring these grapes through to full flavour and ripeness. 2010 has been considered an excellent vintage for white wines in the region and will produce many classic wines.
All the grapes were handpicked in the cool of a very late evening, placed in a cool room overnight, and lightly pressed at the winery at the very start of the day, thus preserving all the aromatics and richness of the juice. Picked in a single tranche, the fruit came off in good shape though we did see some ripeness variation which is common in Viognier. The vintage data as below:
Picked 16 March 2010
TA 6.40 g/L
Dave Johnson and his team of workers made an exemplary wine from our third vintage of Viognier grapes. Treated with “kid gloves”, the fruit was lightly pressed, barrel fermented in 100% new French oak, lees stirred every day to obtain some creaminess to the wines texture and then carefully settled out. The wine has turned out to be a wonderful effort from the team, richer and with a greater depth of flavour than seen in past vintages, and they are excited at what they have achieved and it also provides us with a great sense of pride in our vineyard once more.