A single vineyard wine from this historic winery’s best and oldest Shiraz vineyard, located behind the cellars, matured in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads and puncheons for two years.
Pure crimson, an intense and powerful wine, the accent is on dense blackberry, liquorice and bitter chocolate, with savoury tannins running through the length of the palate.
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.
Deep, rich, and soft, this wine shows the character of Langhorne Creek, with its generous mid-palate and long, even flavoured finish. The fruit shows ripe plums, some licorice, tar and a seawood/saltbush character that adds interest. Ripe, round tannins and a low-acid mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2017
Open-fermented, 15% whole berries, short cold soak, 9-12 days on skins, matured for 12 months in French oak (27% new), two gold medals. Deep crimson-purple; resplendent in its generosity with plum and blackberry leading the juicy fruits, licorice, spice and soft tannins all singing the same song. 95 points.
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