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Bleasdale 'The Broad-Side' 2014

Langhorne Creek, Australia

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The wine shows the varieties with plum and blackcurrant fruits, typical chocolate character from the Shiraz and boysenberry spice from the Malbec. A juicy and persistent flavour and smooth velvety tannins. 

Enjoy with a hearty winter stew or summer BBQ.

The youngest of Frank Potts the second's eleven children, Lloyd Stanley Potts or Sticky as he was known, was a motorcycling enthusiast all his life. In 1932, he entered his first Australian Grand Prix at Philip Island and came second. The front label depicts a young Sticky practising his speedway broad-side turns.

Frank Potts, an immigrant from England, founded Bleasdale in 1850, and six generations later his descendants form the second-oldest wine family in Australia (after Yalumba.) The name comes from a local Reverend, Ignatius Bleasdale, who advocated a “sober, wine-drinking community that excludes ardent spirits.” An anti-temperance priest suited Frank's ironic sense of humour, so he immortalised him in his winery. Top wine critic Robert Parker is a Bleasdale fan, noting that it “produces some of the most reliable, fairly-priced wines around."

In 2018, Bleasdale winemaker Paul Hotker was named James Halliday's Australian Winemaker of the Year, the first time a winemaker from the Langhorne Creek wine region has been selected for the coveted award.

Langhorne Creek is a productive region in South Australia that all of the Aussie wine giants source from to avail of the reliably ripe, clean fruit. Situated on a flood plain that is well supplied with irrigation water from the Mount Lofty Ranges (a huge advantage in this arid continent), it is cooled by breezes that blow off the Southern Ocean and Lake Alexandria, giving a temperate, long growing season.

Alcohol: 14%
Style: Rich, fruity, spicy
Closure: Screwtop
Drink by: 2018


Ian, Curious Wines Naas

Or 'the one with the motorcycle on it' as some regulars call it. It has loads of dark fruit (plums, blackcurrent and blackberry) with very smooth tannins that make it so, so drinkable. Though I have it with everything from posh bangers and mash to the obligatory cheese board, I find it goes very with itself."

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

"Bright crimson. A medium-bodied palate, with plum, blackberry, blackcurrant and a lick of dark chocolate given texture by silky tannins. Very good value."

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