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.
BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW
Deep red in colour with the unmistakeable aroma and flavour of good, dense, oak-aged Shiraz. A little sweetness neatly balances the wines tannins. Hearty, mouth-filling wine with plenty of appeal. The flavours are quite fresh (that is, not showing great bottle age)
TYSON STELZER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The best-selling sparkling red in Australia. Based on the cool '11 season, it's alive with pretty violet lift and lovely plum, rhubarb and black pepper fruit flavours, backed with dark chocolate oak. Classic Langhorne Creek shiraz with refined restraint, low alcohol, finely textured tannins and good persistence.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Bright colour; spiced damsel plum bouquet, with a rich fruitcake palate; quite sweet, but the finish is fresh and the tannin drying; well-balanced.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Deep red colour with the last vestiges of purple tint. Ripe plummy bouquet, clean and fresh, and not shrill or simplistic. A tinge of spice, earth and faint chocolate. The palate is full, and round, soft and smooth, balanced and clean on the finish with a touch of cleansing tannin. There's plenty of sweetness mid-palate, then a clean, drying finish. Cleverly balanced wine. This would have wide appeal.