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2011 Teroldego                                                             $30/bt

 

Description

One of the rarest wines in Australia, Teroldego has been grown on our estate since our neighbour John Durham handed us his only 42 cuttings in 2004.  Do not expect a lean euro-styled wine here, this is an Australian expression of a classic grape that combines the best of both worlds.  The colour is remarkable, almost an obsidian like density, with heady aromas of cherries laced with red berries and a touch of fresh sage jumping from the glass.  This leads to a full and rich palate that has those fine tannins in abundance, but great balancing fruit and length.  This wine would age gracefully for 2-5 years in a cool cellar.

 

Food matches for this wine should immediately include some wonderful Italian classics – capretto (slow cooked baby goat), the richness of osso bucco, and the simple but delightful lasagne.  For the more creative have a go at Spanish rabbit and chick pea stew – we can send the recipe J and the food match is just devine.

 

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

 

 

Awards

 

November 2013 - Gold Medal at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show

 

 

Reviews

 

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

 

First up, this is really enjoyable to drink. Heady aromas of cedary, tobacco leaf, pencil shaving wood and then a belt of dark, macerated cherry fragrance. There’s a leathery whip struck through the juicy fruit in the palate and the wine tends to the slender, medium bodied as fruit is tamed by dusty ropes of tannin and more wood spice. It’s savoury with nut kernel and clove detail, but the lift of acidity freshens and lengthens the wine. Composed, nothing frilly here, though the drinkability speaks with an easy flow underneath the structural, rugged, rustic feel that frames the palate. This is well worth the investigation. Ciao!

 

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Sep12
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2012 - 2018

The Wine Front

 

 

 

 

Technical Details

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.  The fruit came off in extremely good health, as nearly every bunch was picture perfect and tasted of intense fresh cherries.  This is only our second commercial Teroldego vintage from Blue Poles, with the harvest technical data as below:

 

Picked 30 March 2011

2645kg

Beaumé 15.0

pH 3.47

TA 5.3   g/L

 

Dave Johnson and his team of workers made an exemplary wine from our second vintage of Teroldego grapes.   Minimum handling and winemaker influence is always the order of the day when making a Blue Poles wine and the Teroldego received just such attention.  The grapes were fermented in open top fermenters and plunged up to 4-5 times a day to enhance colour extraction and ensuring the wine was saturated with flavour, with ferment completed after 15 days.  Stored in new and 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 precision and pedigree with the passage of time.

 

 

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