A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc this 2018 Allouran is as good a wine as we have made at Blue Poles. It has a beautiful floral lift on the nose (38% Cabernet Franc making the impact here) with a round and coating palate that is just so damn delicious. Tannins as fine as silk and a lovely red fruited length – it is a classic now and into the future. It will age for decades.
Gary Walsh from The Wine Front provided the following review:
“A special site here, I feel, and if I were to draw a long bow, I’d say this was the Margaret River equivalent of Marius of McLaren Vale. One more vintage to come from Marius, though hopefully many more to hoist from Blue Poles. As an aside, I prefer this to the 2018 Moss Wood Cabernet, even though they are quite different wines. But still…
Plum, dark cherry, a slightly grassy redcurrant jelly and minty perfumed top note, white flowers, baking spice and ginger nut biscuits. There’s succulence of raspberry and plum, a fresh ‘mineral’ feel to acidity, stony/graphite tannin, a bustle in the hedgerow, but ample ripeness of fruit too. Cool and well etched, with a tight finish that’s all bluestone gravel and perfumed and spiced red fruits. Deft and sure-footed. No excess. So excellent.” Points 94+