The $27.99 wine Gary Walsh prefers over the $125, 100 point Moss Wood!
Long-time newsletter readers might remember the last time we advertised Allouran. It was a smash hit and the words I used then is even more poignant now:
This beats Bordeaux at their own game, but don't expect to see any Bordeaux producer release such a wine at this low price.
What I like about the Blue Poles Allouran is that it does beats Bordeaux at it's own game. By that I mean it achieves everything Bordeaux producers set out to do, in terms of taste and style, but not one Bordeaux producer would ever offer wine with this quality at such a low price.
This comparison I draw between Bordeaux and Margaret River isn't some rabbit out of the hat trick and Halliday writes this about Blue Poles "a portion of the property included a block that mimicked some of the best vineyards in St Emilion and Pomerol, leading to the planting of merlot and cabernet franc in 2001."
Gary Walsh certainly thinks the vineyard is on a special site and loves the wines, this is how he described it:
"A special site here, I feel, and if I were to draw a long bow, I’d say this was the Margaret River equivalent of Marius of McLaren Vale. One more vintage to come from Marius, though hopefully many more to hoist from Blue Poles. As an aside, I prefer this to the 2018 Moss Wood Cabernet, even though they are quite different wines. But still…
Plum, dark cherry, a slightly grassy redcurrant jelly and minty perfumed top note, white flowers, baking spice and ginger nut biscuits. There’s succulence of raspberry and plum, a fresh ‘mineral’ feel to acidity, stony/graphite tannin, a bustle in the hedgerow, but ample ripeness of fruit too. Cool and well etched, with a tight finish that’s all bluestone gravel and perfumed and spiced red fruits. Deft and sure-footed. No excess. So excellent.” Points 94+"
While the wine is a joy to drink, it's the value offered that really hits a home run. Put this in a blind tasting alongside Bordeaux Right Bank wines and I dare say it will fit snug.