The Blue Poles winery was first brought to my attention by Australian wine bloggers, the majority of whom sing glowing praise when discussing Blue Poles merlot-based wines in particular. Judging by the exceptional standard of Blue Poles' 2007 Reserve Merlot, there's absolutely nothing wrong with taking the odd tip from wine bloggers! :)
Forget ripe, juicy, plump, jammy fruit; this fine merlot instantly displays a thrilling mix of true varietal and regional character by expressing a somewhat rustic, charry bouquet of olive and cherry with a fresh and fragrant tone of raw cedar/mocha oak. For Australian merlot it's very distinctive, masculine, complex, savoury and downright compelling to behold. The medium-full bodied palate shows an extravagantly silky texture, whose effortless velvet-like feel pushes back the boundaries of what I'd expect from a young Margaret River merlot. This sensuous nature flows to the wine's extremities, going beyond its ripe yet composed cherry, plum, gravelly earth and toasty mocha oak flavours to beautify a harmonious acid/tannin structure, which contradicts itself through masked strength and beguiling sensitivity. To finish, it leaves a long standing impression of warm, melted chocolate flavour not too unlike that of top shelf McLaren Vale shiraz.
ü+ In every respect this a gloriously sensuous and deeply fruited merlot of real character. Sensational. Drink to 2019.