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.
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