Bleasdale continues to showcase the ability of Langhorne Creek to produce quality individualistic wines. Grenache and Shiraz were originally grown in Langhorne Creek for fortified winemaking but are proving to be excellent for table wine. Nurtured from small parcels into a vibrant, delicious drink.
This blend of Grenache (50%), Shiraz (43%) and Mataro (a.k.a. Mourvèdre, Monastrell, 7%) is aged for 6 months in used French oak puncheons prior to final blending with other parcels before bottling. Crimson red wine with cherry and blackberry fruits supported by nutmeg, spice, white pepper and some savoury, earthy characters. A generous, opulent palate complemented by textured chalky tannins.
Frank Potts, an immigrant from England, founded Bleasdale in 1850, 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.
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