Crimson red wine with cherry and blackberry fruits supported by nutmeg, spice, white pepper and some savoury, earthy characters. A generous, opulent palate complemented by textured chalky tannins. So lovely!
Great on its own or with Moroccan lamb tagine.
GSM is a much-copied, classic southern Rhône 'recipe' that includes Grenache, Shiraz (Syrah) and Mourvedre. Bleasdale's GSM is 65% Mourvedre (or Mataro, as it is called in Oz) and 30% Shiraz. Maturation is 10 months in French oak hogsheads and puncheons, and the wine is bottled without filtration.
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".
Langhorne Creek is a productive region in South Australia that all of the Aussie wine giants source from. Situated on a flood plain that is well supplied with irrigation water from the Mount Lofty Ranges (a huge advantage in this parched continent), it is cooled by breezes that blow off the Southern Ocean and Lake Alexandria, giving a temperate, long growing season. Cabernet and Shiraz make up 70% of plantings.