Bleasdale Reserve Shiraz 2018




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.

  • Full, rich, complex
  • 750ml
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2025

Producer: Bleasdale

With James Halliday’s Wine Companion Awards Winemaker of the year 2018 Paul Hotker at the helm, Langhorne Creek and Adelaide winery Bleasdale has never been more prestigious or innovative. Labelled ‘the ultimate viniculturalist’ Hotker is the man to propel the Bleasdale wine dynasty ever forward, combining over 165 years of history in its name with 50 hectares of vine under production and grapes sourced from a number of other growers.

Bleasdale founder Frank Potts arrived from England to South Australia in 1836 and founded the winery 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. Top wine critic Robert Parker is a Bleasdale fan, noting that it “produces some of the most reliable, fairly-priced wines around."

Theirs is a diverse portfolio of wines ranging from cool climate whites to revered sparkling Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. For each vintage Bleasdale thrusts 200 different parcels of wine into the spotlight with an emphasis on regional expression and minimum interference.  


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