Bleasdale Old Grand Tawny (500ml)



This Grand Tawny was vinified and matured in the rafters of Bleasdale’s historic cellars and is blended to a minimum age of 10 years.

Grenache dominant, blended with Shiraz, Red Frontignac, Tinta Madeira, Tinta Roriz, Verdelho and Touriga, this is dark amber in colour with viscous, oily tears that move slowly down the glass. The palate is thick and unctuous, with brandy snap, chocolate and spice characters, balanced by red berry fruit adding freshness and drinkability.

Bleasdale has a long history of producing fortified wines and thanks to the foresight of previous winemakers, some pretty good stocks. One of the main features here is the maturation conditions. Old oak barrels are stashed high into the rafters under the hot tin roof to encourage evaporation and concentration, but Langhorne Creek is quite a cool maritime climate, which helps retain freshness and acidity in the grapes as the wines mature.

  • Rich, sticky, complex
  • 500ml
  • 18% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2050
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Producer: Bleasdale

Bleasdale founder Frank Potts arrived from England to South Australia in 1836 and founded the winery in Langhorne Creek in 1850. Six generations later his descendants make up 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.

With James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year 2018 Paul Hotker at the helm, Bleasdale's star has never been higher. Labelled ‘the ultimate viniculturalist’, Hotker is propelling the Bleasdale wine dynasty ever forward, combining over 170 years of history in its name with 50 hectares of primarily red vines in Langhorne Creek and whites in the Adelaide Hills. Theirs is a diverse portfolio of wines ranging from cool climate whites to revered sparkling Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Langhorne-specialism Malbec. Robert Parker is a Bleasdale fan, noting that it “produces some of the most reliable, fairly-priced wines around.”


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