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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.

The youngest of Frank Potts the second’s eleven children, Lloyd Stanley (Sticky) Potts, was a motorcycling enthusiast all his life. In 1932 he entered his first Australian Grand Prix at Philip Island and came second. The front label depicts a young Sticky practicing his speedway “Broad-Side” turns.

This wine shows the harmony of these three varietals with plum and blackcurrant fruits, typical chocolate character from the Shiraz and boysenberry spice from the Malbec.

Gold Medal (Top Gold) - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal (Top Gold) - Rutherglen Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2017

A 63% Shiraz, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec blend, destemmed and crushed, open-fermented with pumpovers, 7-11 days on skins, matured for 9 months in American and French Oak (10% new). Top Gold Adelaide Wine Show 2016, Top Gold Rutherglen Wine Shows 2016 (plus Gold at Royal Melbourne and Langhorne Creek 2017 - BW.) the value verging on the absurd. With black fruits in the ascendant, impressive tannin structure and flavour complexity. Licorice and bramble also appear on the finish and aftertaste. Drink to: 2030; Price: $16.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 14.0%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

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