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.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Packaged in the most original and striking bottle-cum-decanter I have seen. The wine has an average age of over 20 years and is entitled to the 'Rare' name. Full golden tawny; it has been brilliantly blended so that the complex mosaic of aged fruit flavours are not stale, nor is the alcohol aggressive; it has perfect rancio, and the flavours of Christmas cake, brandysnap, honey, dried fruits and glace fruits are all part of the picture, none dominating. In terms of sheer drinkability, this is quite exceptional.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Full amber colour, like polished walnut, introduces this wonderful old tawny in its striking ship's decanter-style bottle. It shows tremendous depth of old rancio character, with high-notes of spices, brandy-snaps, old leather armchairs and dried fruits. In the mouth, it is beautifully balanced and elegant, with a clean finish. It doesn't have the weight, richness or sweetness level of a Rutherglen muscat or even a topaque, but is a great wine in its own right. (700ml, 17% alc)