A good friend of mine has a saying that "you don't make friends with Merlot". Over time I have found a fair share of people who would agree with that statement, at least to the extent of the bulk of Aussie, 100% Merlot wines. There is, however, always an exception or two to the rule and the Blue Poles 2008 Reserve Merlot is one of those exceptions.
This wine has a lovely deep cherry red colour but only a very fruit faint aroma that is hiding a rather big fruit flavour. I really enjoyed every last drop of this wine and can say without a doubt it is one of the most enjoyable Merlots I've had to date. I can definitely see this wine making friends with both closet Merlot fans as well as its sceptics.
Blue Poles Vineyard - 2008 Reserve Merlot
Price - $35 from www.bluepolesvineyard.com.au
Region -Margaret River, WA
Recommended - Highly. This is a really lovely wine to drink now and I'll be adding a few bottles to my cellar to experience what I predict will be Merlot greatness in 5-10 years!