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Bleasdale

Langhorne Creek’s Bleasdale winery is an unsung hero. Despite almost 170 years of grapegrowing history and a reputation for exceptional wines Bleasdal...

Langhorne Creek’s Bleasdale winery is an unsung hero. Despite almost 170 years of grapegrowing history and a reputation for exceptional wines Bleasdale often flies under the radar. It’s home in Langhorne Creek is also one of the country’s most undervalued wine regions which can, in the right vintages and with well chosen grape varieties, create truly stunning wines.

Langhorne Creek is an hour’s drive South-East of Adelaide, close to Lake Alexandria, on or close to ba fertile floodplain. It was this floodplain that attracted Founder Frank Potts. Before moving to Langhorne Creek the budding winemaker had enjoyed an interesting life after joining the British Navy at nine years of age. At the age of 21 he finally landed in South Australia before buying a property in Langhorne Creek 14 years later. Soon Shiraz and Verdelho were planted and the Potts’ new adventure in making wine had begun.

For the next hundred years Bleasdale kept growing fruit and making wines, in a wide range of styles. However, in 1961 foresight by the family saw production of the first Langhorne Creek Malbec. Malbec is a grape variety grown in Bordeaux and Cahors in France and has recently made a name for itself in Argentina. Over time Malbec has shown itself to be very well suited to the warm, dry climate of Langhorne Creek and potentially the wine that will put the region on the international wine map.

Bleasdale has made a name for itself with generous, traditional honest red wines with powerful fruit and subtle oak with a delicious savoury edge. They are never super ripe or super oaky, but always show good characters and aging potential. The wine are generally bright and fresh with minimal oak making for good early drinking wines.

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