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Bleasdale 'Mulberry Tree' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Langhorne Creek, Australia

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Estate-grown oaked Cabernet, 92 points Halliday.
Bleasdale's Mulberry Tree Cab is an elegant wine with aromas of mixed berries, dark chocolate and violets, the palate smooth with blackcurrant and spicy oak flavours, finishing with fine chalky tannins.
This is oak-aged in a mixture of French and American hogsheads for 12 months. Decanting is recommended and the wine will cellar for a decade.
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 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."
Alcohol: 14%
Style: Full, rich, smooth
Closure: Screwtop
Drink by: 2028


Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday

Bright, deep crimson-purple, this has clear-cut varietal character with blackcurrant and a dash of dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and ripe, the French oak subtle. An attractive now-or-later style.

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Lar Veale

The Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 from Bleasdale is by no means austere. Nor is it a fruit bomb. It’s not trying to be Bordeaux, it’s confident enough to be proudly Australian. It has the classic Cabernet cassis, plenty of blackcurrant, which is backed up with a nice acidity and good tannic grip. Superb balance, no one aspect of it overshadowing another.

Overall, quite a rich wine, hedonistic. Great with hard cheeses, particularly Parmesan and BBQ. Tasted blind I would have put this as a 2001, the flavours all being nicely integrated and secondary flavours starting to come through (violets, prunes, black tea) but in another year or two this will really sing

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