Friday, July 9, 2010

Blue Poles Margaret River Viognier 2009

"Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful" Ralph Walso Emmerson.

Viognier. It was a contender not that long ago until Marlborough Savvy B entered the fray. Yes, Viognier five odd years ago had such a bright future. Thing is though, no-one really harnessed Viogniers true potential; enter stage right Blue Poles Margaret River Viognier 2009.

The first thing that I noticed from tasting this wine is that there wasn't that great big smack in the face of apricot that you generally associate with this variety, instead you get lovely honeysuckle and floral notes on the nose with a more subtle burst of apricot in the form of those little apricot and coconut slices you find at school fetes; I did anyway. Another plus for this wine is that it does not come with a massive whack of alcohol with 13.7%v/v for less than the norm of about 14.5%v/v you may find from producers in SA.

Overall, a lovely pretty thing that definately deserves your attention.

Drink with chilli prawns
Drink till 2012
Screwcap 13.7%v/v $20 at Decanters by the bay, Port Melbourne

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tim

    Great blog.

    I read a couple of your Blue Poles reviews, and now have half a doz 07 Allouran's, three 08 Reserve Merlot's, and three bottles of the Viognier.

    While the reds are sensational (I was completely blown away by the Allouran), they are too young to truly appreciate, but the Viognier is divine and fulfils the promise that the early bottles of Yalumba indicated for this variety. One day I'll summit the hurdle of paying $100, and get a bottle of Condrieu to compare.