Classic dark purple colour with flamboyant aromas of violets, blackberry, plum and fruitcake - very expressive! The rich, opulent palate shows masses of berry and spice flavours, held together with velvety tannins and underscored by toasty oak.
Try with Mongolian beef, duck confit or blue cheese.
Made from 100% Malbec that is matured for 12 months in a combination of new (12%) and seasoned French oak hogsheads and puncheons. Bottled without filtration, so may throw a light sediment; decant if you can.
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 wine region in South Australia. Situated on a flood plain that is well supplied with irrigation water from the Mount Lofty Ranges (a big advantage in this dry continent), it is cooled by breezes that blow off the Southern Ocean and Lake Alexandria, giving a temperate, long growing season.