Flashy, carnal Malbec that shows all the hallmarks of this popular variety: vivid purple colour, extravagantly-fruity bouquet, powerful body and intense flavours of boysenberry, violets, milk chocolate and soft leather enclosed in a coat of sweet, velveteen tannins. Wow, basically.
Stunning on its own or with miso chilli steak with crispy sweet potatoes.
The Double Take is a special selection of Bleasdale's best barrels of Malbec, made in small quantities (just 100 cases!) in exceptional years only. Malbec's original home is south-west France, where it is the grape behind the famous 'black wine' of Cahors, but most people today know it through its association with new home Mendoza/Argentina. Australian Malbec is extremely niche!
Frank Potts, an immigrant from England, founded Bleasdale in 1858, and six generations later his descendants form the second-oldest wine family in Australia, after Yalumba. The Bleasdale 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.
Robert Parker is a Bleasdale fan, remarking that it “produces some of the most reliable as well as fairly-priced wines around".