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 shot into our list last year and it will make it every year if the standard of pruney, plummy fruit is as high as this. There is a level of complexity of flavour here that is remarkable for the money. It shone in a very large line-up of wines that simply couldn’t match its verve and dashing style. Seppelts first-timers (above) should dip a toe in this wine whenever they feel ready to graduate to a higher plane. It’s a hell of a lot more wine for an extra fifty cents! Taste 2008 Mathew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer
Lifted plummy blackcurrant fruit with tonnes of spice and leather. Ray Jordan, The West Australian
Classic old fashioned Mississippi mudcake flavours abound in this soulful, moody darkness from the Larncrk flats. But there are also faint hints of the ethereal minty eucalypt which makes it very Australian. It's sweetish, but not cloying, with fi ne old reedy, fennel-like tannins adding a little acrid edge to the finish. It’s like a leathery old sock. You could drink it with chevre, or snaky delta blues. 93 points; Philip White, Top 20 Sparkling Wines
TOP 100 Sydney International
BLUE-GOLD Sydney International
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