Originally founded in the beautiful Langhorne Creek region, Bleasdale has constantly strived to capture the essence of the vineyards and vintages through their wines. Apart from their highly acclaimed red wines, grown on the original property, in 2011 Bleasdale began sourcing Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc from the cooler Adelaide Hills region, and has quickly built a reputation for quality and value white wines.
Handpicked grapes are chilled over night before whole bunch pressing to tank for settling. The majority is fermented cool in stainless steel tanks to retain freshness & purity. 25% is fermented with high solids and ambient yeasts in seasoned oak puncheons to build texture and complexity.
This delicate wine shows all the spice and perfume we expect from cool climate Pinot Gris. Nashi, ginger and rosewater perfume leads to a rich and textured palate with nutty complexity from the barrel ferment component. A satisfying yet moreish wine, a textured complex middle palate with a fine and crisp finish.
Bleasdale is not only one of the oldest wineries in the Langhorne Creek region, but one of the oldest in Australia. Frank Potts, who founded Bleasdale in 1850, has a fascinating history. Born with sea legs, he joined the British Royal Navy at 9 years old and served on Lord Nelson’s famous ship HMS Victory. He sailed around the world before landing in South Australia in 1836. He planted the first vines in 1858 and sold fruit to Thomas Hardy. He then expanded the vineyards in the 1860s. He was an innovator and a pioneer who played his role in establishing Australia’s wine industry. The Potts family still own Bleasdale and descendants Michael and Ben Potts handle the winemaking duties, along with Paul Hotker. They make wines from fruit grown on their 61 hectares of vineyards from varietals like Verdelho, Shiraz and Malbec in sparkling, table and fortified styles. Each parcel of fruit is carefully selected to produce a range of wines that can be enjoyed immediately, or cellared for that special occasion.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Pear juice, pear lollies, lettuce leaf, straw, faint steel note. Tangy and fresh to taste, more of the pear stuff going on, very simple, clean, has a refreshment factor, but really elementary wine here. Decent enough, you could say.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Malty, marzipan, almond-meal aromas, with a grassy bass note, the palate similarly flavoured and not grapy as such, but pleasant in an Italianate style. There is a mere tickle of sweetness, and it's soft and fruity on the finish.