Intense red colour, with beautiful inky legs. The massive, enticing aromas are reminiscent of raspberry jam and caramel, while the grand, expansive wash boasts the sweetest of tannins, filled out by showy flavours of mocha, blackberry and coconut. Brilliant.
Sip on its own or have with juicy steaks, Tandoori chicken or Pecorino cheese.
Frank Potts, an English immigrant, founded Bleasdale in 1858, 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. Robert Parker is a fan, remarking that Bleasdale “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, e.g. Jacob's Creek, source from. Situated on a flood plain that is well supplied with irrigation water from the Mount Lofty Ranges (a key advantage in this parched continent), it is cooled by winds that blow off the Southern Ocean and Lake Alexandria, giving a temperate, long growing season. Shiraz and Cabernet make up three-quarters of plantings.