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 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.