BLUE POLES RESERVE MERLOT
"2018 was a perfect Margaret River red wine vintage with budburst and flowering not affected by adverse weather, and a warm but not hot consistent summer range of temperatures making the grapes ripen without stress. A very strong Marri blossom in the surrounding forests kept birds at bay and this ensured undamaged fruit in the bins. The Merlot grape samples that we had took from early-March through to mid-March indicated good sugar levels but high-ish acidity – a trend that the region was noting in all the red grapes. With such an even growing season, the tannin ripeness was approaching quickly but the acid total was stuck a little high. Rain came through on 15 March, and it was decided that 19 March would be about spot on to get the Total Acidity into the 6-6.5 range which aids in the final balance of the wine post ferment. Another very good year for reds, giving opportunity for solid flavour retention and tannin concentration."