Recommendation: An unusual and very delicious Australian wine we STRONGLY recommend.
Winery/Producer: Blue Poles Vineyard; Margaret River, Australia.
Grape Variety: Bordeaux Blend: 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.
Geographic Region, Appellation: Margaret River; West Australia.
Price: $29.90 (AUS$) about $22.40 (US$) plus a $20 corking fee.
Purchased From: Australian Wine Centre; 1 Alfred Street; Sydney, Australia.
Paired With: Caesar salad with garlic and parmesan cheese. (Ray): Roast rack of lamb with roast potatoes, ratatouille, green beans and a rosemary jus. (Vicky): Lamb chops and pomegranate molasses, grilled polenta and roasted fennel.
He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, dark garnet color with a dark brick red rim. Ripe blackberry aroma. SMOOTH, rich fruit taste and a very dry, dusty, mouth puckering, long finish. WOW, a GREAT Bordeaux blend from Australia!!! The Cabernet Franc really comes out in the finish with both flavor and texture. Drinking alone before dinner it was OUTSTANDING, and with the rack or lamb it really paired well. A MEMORABLE Australian blend that gets high marks from me. It was and unusual and very delicious Australian wine we STRONGLY recommend.
She said: Lots of spunky legs making their way down the glass. The first smell had wonderful dark cherry scent but the flavor was more subtle. At first the flavors were faint but as the wine breathed they became stronger and more distinct with hints of oak in the long finish. The wine was dry, had plenty of body and enough tannins so the mouth felt full on just a sip. The lamb chops were very mild flavored (but tender) and the wine over whelmed the lamb chops. Very enjoyable wine for sipping or with dinner. With its mouth filling goodness it is a natural for a beef dinner. That is not a negative for the wine but the pairing. I would buy this wine again in a flash but pair it with beef or game, yum! It was a very enjoyable wine.
Comments: Purchased from a Sidney, Australia wine shop and consumed in the Britannia Restaurant on board the Cunard Queen Mary 2.
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