Svelte red with a deep, radiant colour and inviting red fruit aromas. The medium-bodied, supple wash exhibits fine tannins, clean acidity and appealing flavours of blackcurrant, allspice and bay leaf. Finishes dry and satisfying - more, please!
Guzzle on its own or have with hamburgers or roast chicken and tapenade.
Frank Potts, an immigrant from England, founded Bleasdale back 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, 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 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. Cabernet and Shiraz make up 70% of plantings.