Blue Poles Vineyard
2011 Blue Poles Shiraz $22/bt
Grown on the top of our vineyard to extract the heat and concentrate the fruit, the setting provides the confidence in the wine. Garnet red in the glass, with a nose of raspberry and spice, it provides a lot of nuance and sway. The palate is medium weight and delicious with the brightness 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.
Campbell Mattinson, www.thewinefront.com.au
“It's a steal at the price. It has the fruit, it has the spice, it has the poise. The length follows suit. Peppercorn, black pepper, plum, gum leaf and dark cherry. Smooth-skinned texture. Bright and lively. Chewy, peppery tannin. One of the best Blue Poles wines I've tasted.” 94 points.
The growing season in 2011 provided a season which brought the grapes through to ripeness with a warm patch in January and February, followed by a cooling period that ensured the grapes were picked later in the vintage. 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. 2011 will be considered a rich and ripe vintage for red wines in the region and may 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. 100% Shiraz this year due to the intensity of flavours in the must and solid colour extraction, thus providing us with a touch of Hermitage style influence over the wine from our “Hill Top” location. This is only our second commercial Shiraz vintage from Blue Poles, with the harvest technical data as below:
Picked 29 March 2011
TA 6.3 g/L
Dave Johnson and his team of workers made an exemplary wine from our second 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 14 days. Stored in 1-2 year old French oak barrels for 16 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.