Bleasdale ‘Second Innings’ Malbec 2017



Malbec performs very well in Langhorne Creek and has been planted by Bleasdale since 1961. Since the international boom in the grape following its success in Argentina, many Australian winemakers are belatedly taking an interest, but Bleasdale are 50+ years ahead of the curve here with these old vines producing richly flavoured and well structured fruit.

Fermented for up to two weeks, the young wine goes into French oak hogsheads for 9 months to produce a full bodied and complex red, showing vibrant primary fruit flavours of plums, red berries and spices, finishing soft and round with velvety smooth tannins.

  • Ripe, dark, smooth
  • 750ml
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Screwtop
  • Drink by 2024

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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Gold Medal
Royal Adelaide Wine Show (2018)
92 Points
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (2020)
90 Points
James Suckling (2019)


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