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Bleasdale

www.bleasdale.com.au

Wellington Rd, Langhorne Creek, 5255

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (08) 8537 3001

A great place to visit - both the wines and eccentric historic national trust listed winery - and probably the only winery anywhere that sometimes in early flooding seasons harvests its grapes in a rowboat (sadly an event not seen in these drought affected times).

Back in 1860 Frank Potts planted 12 hectares of Shiraz and Verdelho on either sides of the Bremer River. He dug a water channel and installed a pump to flood the entire vineyard. The casks were made from the giant red gums on the banks of the river.

The nearby Lake Alexandria tempers the effects of the summer. While tasting the wines at the cellar door you will notice all the historic artifacts in the winery and the wall of black-and-white photographs dating back to the 1940s, when one of the members of the Potts family had a serious interest in photography. A few photos have recently found their way on to the labels of the Bleasdale bottles.

The wines show good consistency in winemaking and has a distinctively earthy house style. They still grows some of the historic varieties like Grenache, Malbec and Riesling but the best wines are the soft Cabernet Sauvignons and Shirazes.

Michael Potts is the chief wine-maker.

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Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Bleasdale Double Take Malbec 2012

Purchased:  Not ($65)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2015, Gold Medal at Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2014, only released in the best vintages, 1200 bottles released, no fining, now the alcohol levels have come down to a respectable 14% this is the flagship for Langhorne Creek Malbec (Australia’s epicentre for the variety), perfumed, tightly wound and powerful boysenberry, plums and violets with black olive and earthy savouriness, power comes from purity rather than heavy extraction although it is underpinned with a spine of grainy tannin, toasty cinnamon/vanilla/clove oak, excellent persistence, Wendouree is still Australia’s best Malbec producer but now has a worthy challenger (*****)

Bleasdale Generations Malbec 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2015, Gold Medals at Perth, Melbourne and Hobart Wines Shows 2013, unfiltered, this is more about succulence than the power of the Double Take, boysenberry and blueberry with bright violet florals and some slight parsnip vegetalness, long and medium-full bodied palate is underpinned with slaty minerality and slinky fine tannins, toasty cinnamon/clove oak (****1/2)

Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec 2012

Purchased:  Not ($20)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2015, Gold Medal at Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2014, rather ripe stewed plum, raspberry and blueberry with violet florals, the forward and slightly vegetal palate has some depth, fresh acid and fine tannins, restrained chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak from the mainly seasoned French hogsheads (***)

Bleasedale The Wise One Grand Fortified Verdelho NV

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2014, from 80 year old vines, lush lime marmalade, burnt caramel. glazed and dried fig with developed nutty rancio and a warming spirity finish, modest spiciness (****)

Bleasdale Generations Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not($40)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, this is a big old school oaky style showing tarry plums, blackberries and mulberries with liquorice, white pepper and toasty brown spices, shows the rich regional earthiness, powerful but creamy roast coffee/milk chocolate oaking and fine oak tannins, the alcohol is kept to a respectable 14.5% (***1/2)

Bleasdale Frank Potts 2010

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, Silver Medal at Langhorne Creek Wine Showcase 2012, this time the blend is 65% Cabernet, 15% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, rich earthy style showing good concentration, medium-full bodied blueberry and cassis with violet, pepper, fennel and mint notes, some savoury edges, slightly drying dusty tannins with dark chocolate, cinnamon and smoky cedar on the finish (****)

Bleasdale Premium Malbec 2010

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, Gold Medal at National Wine Show 2011, juicy and fleshy dark plums and blueberry with iris florals, spice and mint notes, shows the rich regional earthiness, toasty cinnamon-cedar oak, finishes with the varietal open knit tannins, good acidity and length (****)

Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, smooth but concentrated mulberry and dark plums with liquorice and dried herb notes, earthy and medium-full bodied with open knit but fine, chalky tannins, fresh acidity, creamy chocolate/cinnamon/cedar oak, good value and worth putting one away in the cellar for medium term cellaring (***1/2)

Bleasdale Pott’s Catch Verdelho 2012

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, shows the usual array of varietal flavours including passionfruit, guava and lime, soft and broad with a chalky orange rind finish, comes across a little subdued by varietal standards (***)

Bleasdale The Wise One Rare 16 Year Old Fortified Verdelho NV

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, matured in small oak casks close to the winery’s hot tin roof, lush and spicy glazed lime marmalade, dried fig and pineapple with walnut and vanilla nuances, well developed rancio with some rather warming grape spirit (19% alcohol) and balanced acidity, not the most complex of this style I have tried but lovely to see these rustic old wine-making traditions kept alive (****)

Bleasdale Frank Potts 2009

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, this time the blend is 70% Cabernet, 14% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, smooth and moderately spicy blueberry and cassis with violet, white pepper, bay leaf and mint notes, earthy medium bodied palate with some savoury edges, fine and dusty tannins with dark chocolate and cedar on the finish, better length and penetration than the 2008 (****)

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Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, ripe and jammy mulberry, raspberry and blackberry with eucalypt, anise and violet notes, medium bodied palate has some rich earthiness but is forward and has some curranty aspects on the back half, there’s lots of creamy vanilla/cinnamon oak and some loose knit powdery tannin, flavoursome BBQ wine (***)

Bleasdale Pott’s Catch Verdelho 2011

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, despite the cold vintage shows the usual, bright and forward fruit salad array of flavours including passionfruit, guava and lime, soft and broad with a chalky orange rind finish (***)

Bleasdale Frank Potts 2008

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, Gold Medal at Rutherglen Wine Show 2010, earthy blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Malbec with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, penetrating cassis and redcurrant with violet, white pepper and mint notes, a light touch of vegetal savouriness, restrained caramel/vanilla/chocolate oak with velvety tannins (****)

Bleasdale Tempranillo Malbec 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, some McLaren Vale fruit input, rather ripe in plum and prune spectrum with some fruitcake and bay leaf notes, fleshy mid-palate, finishes with savoury fine grained tannins and assertive warm oak spices and cedar (***1/2)

Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, juicy and meaty plum and mulberry with liquorice and fruitcake notes, has the muddy regional earthiness with loose knit powdery tannins, plenty of oak-driven coconut/chocolate/cinnamon on the finish, a bit broader than the best vintages (***1/2)

Bleasdale Pott’s Catch Verdelho 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, brightly flavoured fruit salad array including passionfruit, guava and lime, fairly forward and broad with a chalky orange rind finish (***)

Bleasdale Double Take Malbec 2008

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, perfumed, dense and meaty showing ripe plum and blueberry with violet notes, juicy and full bodied palate with underling earthy savouriness, spicy cinnamon-cedar oak, lingering backbone of supple, powdery tannins, one of the very few satisfying stand alone examples of this variety that seems particularly suited to this region, some alcohol heat from the 16% alcohol stops this from getting an even higher score (****)

Bleasdale Frank Potts 2006

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, blend of 76% Cabernet Cauvignon and 24% Malbec, silky with sweet mulberry and cassis with some herbal notes from the Malbec, a touch of violet perfume, velvety tannins with restrained vanilla-cedar oak, let down a bit as the fruit on the back half seems to fading faster than expected, perhaps a bottle variation issue (***1/2)

Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, ripe and creamily oaked showing mulberry and dark plums with liquorice and toasty cinnamon notes, earthy and medium-full bodied with open knit but very fine tannins, respectable outcome given the vintage (***1/2)

Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec 2008

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, seems to have been affected by the extreme heatwave, raisened and pruney currant, plum, tobacco and X-mas cake although there is a fresh cut of acid and a spine of dusty tannins, sweet cedar-vanilla-chocolate oak (**1/2)

Bleasdale Holdfast Bay Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($14)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, a straightforward unwooded quaffer showing tropical fruit, melon and ripe peach with fresh lemony acids (**1/2)

Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, juicy and up-front black cherry, mulberry, dark plum with anise and dried herb notes, spicy and medium-full bodied with the familiar earthy, almost muddy mouth feel, firmish acid grip but the tannins are ripe and finely grained, creamy coconut and chocolate finish, good value showcase of the region’s distinctive style (****)

Bleasdale Frank Potts 2005

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec with tiny Petit Verdot and Merlot inputs, smooth mulberry and blackberry with violet, dried herb, eucalypt and anise notes, plump mid-palate but the fruit finishes a bit hollow, grainy tannins with creamy vanilla French oak, won’t be as long lived as the 2004 vintage (***1/2)

Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, ripe blackcurrant, mulberry with eucalypt, black pepper and anise, there is plenty of earthy and iodine minerality beneath all the creamy French and American oak that is infused through the palate, loose knit backbone of slightly dusty tannins (***1/2)

Bleasdale The Broadside Shiraz Cabernet 2006

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, a new label but still the traditional soft tannined light-medium bodied blend aimed at the budget BBQ wine market, earthy and ripe plum, mulberry and mint with enough savoury and spice elements to hold interest while quaffing with your sizzle (***)

Bleasdale Langhorne Creek Verdelho 2008

Purchased: Not ($14)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, slightly herbally lemon, lime, passionfruit and kiwifruit, subdued by varietal standards with the chalky minerality coming to the fore, crisp citrus acids (***)

Bleasdale Holdfast Bay Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, bright melon and pear with sweet pineapple aspects, creamy with some barrel ferment inputs, the vanilla oak seems a bit raw and not fully integrated when tasted, soft acids (**1/2)

Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz 2004

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, Vic ($17)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, smooth and mouth-filling black cherry, mulberry, dark plum and anise, medium-full bodied with earthy, almost muddy texture but is also brightly spiced, some acid grip but the tannins are ripe and persistent, handsomely oaked with a creamy coconut and chocolate finish (***1/2)

Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, Vic ($17)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, lush and creamy feel but quite varietal with blackcurrant, mulberry with eucalypt, black pepper and anise, medium-full bodied, there is plenty of earthy and minerally texture beneath the creamy French and American oak, slightly dusty tannins (***1/2)

Bleasdale Frank Potts Cabernet Blend 2004

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, blend of Cabernet, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, perfumed nose, blackberry, mulberry and red plums with some liquorice and eucalypt notes, earthy and medium bodied palate with black pepper, smooth tannins with vanilla, chocolate and coconut American oak features, excellent length and balance (****)

Bleadale Bremerview Shiraz 2002

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, Vic ($17)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2007, plum and mulberry with some liquorice notes, earthy, almost

muddy, meaty and leathery, medium bodied palate with black pepper, creamy with vanilla, chocolate and coconut American oak features (***)

Bleasdale Bremerview Vineyard Shiraz 2001

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Adelaide Central Market($16)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: (1) Dec 2004, delightful mix of mulberry, pepper and chocolate, toasty American oak, silky tannins one of the best under $20 young Shirazes I have had from the region; (2) July 2005, pepper has declined, much smoother tannins and almost creamy mid-palate - fine now but may become bland by 2009. We’ll see (***1/2)

Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, Vic ($16)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2005, very savoury, spicy uptake, sweet mid-palate with loads of milk chocolate, slightly cooked cassis, plum and mint with a touch of green capsicum as well as liquorice on the finish, French and American oak, fairly smooth tannins (***1/2)

Bleasdale Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($13)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2005, blend of 56% Shiraz and 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, sweet mulberry and plum, quite spicy blend with hint of herb and mint on the finish from the Cab Sav, toasty oak and mocha-chocolate and silky tannins (***1/2)

Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz NV

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2005, powerful and lush blackberry Shiraz fruit with good bead and a sweet cola finish but with bubbles (its not right!) but fun as a novelty (***)