A little secret squirrel here from Bleasdale, made as a cellar door experiment and not for general release until we got a taste of it and twisted their arm to give us some.
The fruit is hung out longer and picked much riper than Bleasdale’s other Shirazes, and given more oak treatment than would be normal at this price point, matured in French and American hogsheads for 18 months.
Deep carmine in colour with heady wafts of crème de cassis, mulberry, chocolate and exotic spices, a lovely mix of sweet black fruit and savoury earthy notes. Rich and full-bodied, there’s an initial burst of blackcurrant liqueur, developing into more dried fruits, dates and prunes, smooth chocolately tannins providing a silky, almost creamy mid-palate, with a juicy acidity through to a finish lined with notes of coffee bean, clove, vanilla and black pepper. It’s got real ‘phwoar’.
Decant for at least a couple of hours before serving, ideally alongside your favourite cut of steak with a creamy pepper sauce.
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