Bleasdale ‘Frank Potts’ 2018



Bleasdale’s highly acclaimed flagship blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (64%), Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, dedicated to founder Frank Potts who established Australia’s second-oldest still family-owned winery in 1850.

This is a mind-bending pleasure ride of dense black fruit infused with cedar, mint, dark chocolate, pencil shavings and violets. Maturation in French oak barriques for 12 months adds extra softness and richness to the palate, with firm tannin structure ensuring weight, concentration and longevity – this will age for 20 years with careful cellaring.

Decanting two hours prior to serving is recommended.

  • Structured, complex, concentrated
  • 750ml
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2035
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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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95 Points
James Halliday (2018)
Gold Medal
Adelaide, Perth and Sydney Royal Wine Shows
Gold Medal
Langhorne Creek Wine Show (2017)


  • The Wine Advocate

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Aromas of creme de cassis, mulberries, blackberry preserves, cigar boxes, Indian spices, pencil lead, earth and pepper. Approachable now, it will reward some cellaring too.

  • Australian Wine Companion 2018

    James Halliday

    Langhorne Creek is a very special place, as Wolf Blass realised decades before others. This wine exemplifies the freshness and softness of the bright fruit expression of all the red varieties grown there. This is so seductive it pains me to spit it out, but that I must do.
    95 points.

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