2018 Blue Poles Shiraz

Margaret River, WA

A tip-top value Shiraz from the Blue Poles team.



About the Wine

The value kings of Margaret River, Blue Poles, have released their second Shiraz in 8 years from the 2018 vintage. No surprises here, it's a ripping drink.

This is ripe and juicy, deliciously well balanced Shiraz, albeit a 'quieter' style than you might find from South Australia or the warmer parts of Victoria.  Every wine from Mark Gifford and Tim Markwell provides such great value for money and this is no different.

Gary Walsh awarded it 93 points, offering " I like that Italianate bitter herb thing that it offers. in the closing of his review. Just another impressive offering from this much-loved gem of a producer from the West.

About Blue Poles

Blue Poles is the 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.

Their red wines are extraordinary not only for their old world charm and quality, but the outrageous value they deliver. Tiny volumes produced but definitely a producer to get to know.

Blue Poles owner Mark Gifford - making seriously good wines
Blue Poles owner Mark Gifford - making seriously good wines
Margaret River, WA
Additional Info

From the Producer

“Crystalline plum colour in the glass, swirls garnet and depths are morello cherry. Fragrance lifts from the glass on impact – initially pinotesque with those cherries and strawberries, before deeper aromas of red charred meats, sweet tobacco, briary goodness fill it all out. Wow, taking that first draft you get hit by the freshness of fruit (raspberry, plum, cherry) melded with an oak /spice which just lifts it up. Tannins are integrated and across the tongue and cheeks before you just linger on that long “red” flavoured length. It is our best Shiraz we have made – hands down. Cellaring potential 5-10 years…but probably longer.”

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 13.60
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Has a curious top note of Fernet Branca, which is appealing to me, and then into dusty spice cupboard and black fruit, with a discreet floral perfume. It’s medium-bodied, supple and fresh, spicy, hazelnuts and savoury things, fine chalk dust tannin, red and black fruits, and a bright and dusty aniseed accented finish of good length. Anyway, nice wine, and I like that Italianate bitter herb thing that it offers." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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