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2016 Blue Poles Reserve Merlot

Margaret River, WA

Top flight Merlot by one of the country's best exponents of the variety.

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About The Wine

Mark Gifford and his Blue Poles label are one of the true dark horses of Margaret River. As Campbell Mattinson put it, "It does things its own way; it’s a renegade of the classic varieties."

The range of Saint Emilion-inspired wines produced by Gifford are some of the finest value in WA. Here we have something quite rare from Mark and Tim. The Reserve Merlot is a wine only made in tiny quantities from the very best vintages. 

This is a Merlot built with structure and poise, this release is set for a long sleep in the cellar or for a big glass and plenty of air if you drink it young. Few winemakers in the country take this variety as seriously as Mark Gifford, and this is his most articulate expression from this vintage.

As Gary Walsh noted in his 94+ point review, this Merlot is "Medium-bodied, sophisticated and elegant in style..."

About Blue Poles

Blue Poles is the combined venture of Mark Gifford and Tim Markwell - a pair of experienced geologists who have in the last decade or so created one of the undoubted 'cult hero' labels of Margaret River.

The vast majority of the Blue Poles range is produced from a single block in the Wallcliff sub-region of Margaret River. While Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate the plantings, other rarely seen varieties for the region also find a home including Fiano, Teroldego and Marsanne.

Their red wines are extraordinary, not only for their old world charm and quality but the outrageous value they deliver. There are only ever tiny volumes and these wines are scarcely available outside the Blue Poles mailing list.

One half of Blue Poles, Mark Gifford
One half of Blue Poles, Mark Gifford
Margaret River, WA
Additional Info

From The Producer

A Bordeaux variety that can be blended easily with cabernet grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon in the Medoc, and Cabernet Franc in Saint Emilion and satellites), or made as a separate wine as seen in Pomerol. It grows best where the soil is iron rich, gravelly and containing a percentage of clay to hold some moisture – this is an excellent description of the south east corner of the vineyard and where 2ha of these vines were planted.

Merlot is a capricious vine and has issues with fruit set, and when ripening, due to its thin skin, it can be subject to rots and mildews if the end of vintage weather is not near perfect. The cool setting and south facing aspect of the slopes where the merlot is planted gives Blue Poles every opportunity to have this grape reach maximum ripeness without the loss of fruit flavours due to heat stress.

Blend : Merlot (100%)
ABV : 13.80%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"Red and black fruits, sage and cedar, some sweet tobacco and earthy things, spice too. Medium-bodied, sophisticated and elegant in style, vibrant fruit with earthy bass tones, chewy open-weave tannin, earth and bright red fruit on a lively finish. Really good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack!

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Australia Wide Deliveries outside of Sydney and Melbourne metro are all delivered with Australia Post's eParcel wine delivery service. They pick up from us at 12pm Monday through Friday. When your order has been dispatched you'll receive tracking information to your email. Unfortunately with the complications of Covid and expected Christmas surge Australia Post are being extremely vague about delivery times. You will need to have your order placed before midnight 10th of December if you want to ensure it’s there for Christmas.

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FaQs

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I am trying to add more of a wine to my cart but it won’t let me? This means we are running low on stock of that wine. So for example, if the website will only allow you to add 3 bottles and no more, then that is all we have of that particular wine. The good news is we may be able to order more for you. Just contact us on 1300 668 385 or hello@differentdrop.com and we'll organise the additional quantity for you.

Does Different Drop have a physical store? No. More of a warehouse/office. We do however offer a Click & Collect option from our warehouse in Ultimo, Sydney. Our warehouse address for Click & Collect is: 3 Fig St, Ultimo, 2007/ Please make sure you have placed your order before arriving at the warehouse

Can I special order a wine you do not sell? If it’s doable, then we’ll make it happen. Just contact us directly via phone, chat or email and we’ll find out for you right away. Please note that in most cases special orders such as these will need to be in full case lots (6 or 12 bottles).

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