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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Blue Poles Reserve Merlot 2007

The remainder of this bottle was kindly donated to me by Mark Gifford - proprietor, winemaker, wit, orator, dashing host - after attending a Blue Poles get together in Brisbane.

So the wine was consumed when it had already been opened in excess of 24 hours - gives a hint to its longevity there.  Aromas of tobacco, a touch of gum, savoury earthy notes primarily - yet even over the short duration that I had the wine it also exhibited some good berry fruit.  It's of medium weight, well structured, its parts in harmony.

Tannins: firm and fine, the finish showing a touch of spice.  Exemplary Merlot from a winemaker who knows where he wants it to be and sells his wines typically when they are there.

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Source: Donated from the Winemaker
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bluepolesvineyard.com.au/

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