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Australia’s Winemaker of the Year 2018: Paul Hotker, Bleasdale

Paul Hotker of Bleasdale: James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year for 2018

THE FIRST BOTTLES of Bleasdale Wines in Ireland landed into our small (and constantly freezing cold!) warehouse in Bandon in late 2009. We were just over a year old and planning our first direct shipments from Australia the following Spring.

This historic, fifth generation family winery was a coup for two guys still getting their wine business off the ground. Two years later Bleasdale reached the benchmark for Australia’s top tier of wineries when they received 5 star accreditation from James Halliday, a status they’ve held onto ever since.

This year, the winery’s bagged one of Halliday’s very top gongs with winemaker Paul Hotker being named Australian Winemaker of the Year for 2018!

It’s the first time a winemaker from the Langhorne Creek wine region has been selected for the coveted award and we’re chuffed to bits for Paul, one of the most talented but modest and affable people you could ever meet.

Michael Kane, Curious Wines with Paul Hotker, Bleasdale

Halliday, who named Langhorne Creek the “most underrated region in Australia”, has been a strong supporter of Paul’s winemaking talents for several years, recognising his “extraordinary skill” in nurturing high quality fruit into outstanding wines. The 2018 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion sees a swag of Bleasdale wines rated 95 points or above.

To celebrate, we’ve 20% off the entire Bleasdale range for April and May, including fine wines, sparkling and fortified, all normally excluded from headline price promotions.

We’re still so proud to represent Bleasdale in Ireland. Now you can taste Australia’s very best for 2018.

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Douro’s Quinta do Judeu: The Wise and Ancient Valley

Douro’s Quinta do Judeu: The Wise and Ancient Valley There is a story which has weaved its way, like old gnarled vine itself, into the history of the Alves de Carvalho family’s spectacular Douro valley winery, Quinta Do Judeu. It centres around the Judeo-Roman statue from which the winery takes its name, an imposing figure who stands watchful, …

In search of the Mad Hairy Fella

Taming the wild beast: In search of the gorú in his Jumilla spiritual home LAST WEEK during a trip to Cartagena I decided to make, along with my small daughters Este (3) and Tilly (1), the 150km pilgrimage across Murcia to the wine region of Jumilla, to visit one of our most popular suppliers Ego Bodegas. …

PRE-ORDER OFFER: Chateau Bauduc 2016 (limited time only)

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Gassac 2015 Red / 2016 White Pre-Sale Offer Ends Sunday 5th March!

THE 2015 HARVEST was the last year seen by Gassac patriarch and Languedoc fine wine pioneer Aimé Guibert, who died last summer aged 91. Fittingly, the gods smiled on the vintage – which was unbelievable – and nearly all the wine sold out within a month, before it had even been bottled. Decanter reported at …

March Cases of the Month €140 (Save €39) plus free delivery!

Hello! Hola! G’day! THIS MONTH’S MUST-HAVE MIXED CASE features a March medley of sun-kissed stunners from Spain and Australia (with a top-end Kiwi thrown in for good measure); countries loved by Irish wine lovers for their smooth, fruit-driven reds and full, flavour-packed whites. Top billing goes to Bleasdale’s boisterous, blackcurrant-packed Bremerview Shiraz, John Quarisa’s hedonistic …

Spanish wine sale now on

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L’Ecriture Terrasses du Larzac – in 30+ Michelin starred restaurants!

Le Mas de l’Ecriture (‘ecriture’ means ‘scripture’), run by Pascal Fulla (who enjoyed 20 years as a ‘juriste‘, or legal expert, before, in a carpe diem moment, turning to wine) and his daughter Lea, is situated in the south of France, a short drive from Montpellier. The superb terroir, between the Mediterranean and the Larzac …

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