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Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family-owned and operated winery, established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836.  The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer river. Frank Potts left behind him a wonderful legacy that continues today.  His sons and grandsons have operated and built up the winery, and Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth- and fifth-generation members of the Potts family.

This wine shows vibrant primary fruit flavours of plums, red berries and spices. Finishing soft and round with velvety smooth tannins. Malbec is rarely seen as a varietal wine but here at Bleasdale and in Langhorne Creek it stands on its own two feet and performs well enough to earn its stripes.

Open-fermented, 15% whole berries for 3 days cold soak, 12 days on skins, matured for 12 months in new (10%) and used French oak. The structure is tighter than that of its Generations sibling, and I'm not too sure I don't prefer this wine, its freshness, balance and fine, savoury tannins all in harmonious balance. Rating: 94 Points; Drink by: 2024; Price: $20.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2016; Alcohol: 14%; James Halliday Wine Companion


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