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Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz NV

Langhorne Creek, Australia

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Voted no.1 Sparkling out of 200 in Wine 100 Nov/Dec 2010 (92 points)

Top place in WBM's (Wine Business Magazine) 1-in-100

James Halliday: 90 points

Premium Langhorne Creek Shiraz grapes have been used to produce this richly flavoured non-vintage sparkling Shiraz. Bleasdale's secret liqueuring recipe also helps the wine show off its best assets - dark berry fruit aromas, sweet plum flavours, silky tannins and a rich velvety smooth palate.

Enjoy with Christmas pudding, duck dishes, roast meats or simply by itself. Suggested serving temperature 8-10 degrees C.

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.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Style: Off-dry, fruity
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2014



Wine Business Magazine, WBM100

Tyson Stelzer

Australia’s most consistently impressive sparkling Shiraz. Plum and red cherry freshness is derived from younger fruit in the blend, while mature Shiraz lends rich savoury spice and dark chocolate flavours. Just how a wine of such quality can be produced every year for such a measly price is, frankly, totally beyond me.

Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday

Bright colour; spiced damsel plum bouquet, with a rich fruitcake palate; quite sweet, but the finish is fresh and the tannin drying; well-balanced. Diam

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