Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia
What's any special occasion without Bleasdale? Effusive and generous, Bleasdale's effervescent red gives so much more. A richly flavoured sparkler, the poly vintage Bleasdale is assembled from barrels of maturing Shiraz across several years, topped up with liqueur de tirage and treated to a secondary ferment in own bottle. An evocative palate and nose, fruits steeped in liqueur, mint and ribena, supported by a length of luscious coconut/ carob oak and toothsome, cherry ripe tannins.
The historic Bleasdale cellars, constructed from eucalyptus beams and limestone blocks, house a massive red gum lever press, which fifth generation winemaker Michael Potts still uses once a year to make a very limited release wine. While the Bleasdale wineworks are steeped in tradition and local folklore, the estate has installed the latest technology, still maintaining the founding philosophy of producing honest, consistent and reliable wines. From time to time, the Bleasdale team draw on stocks of maturing wines with the requisite qualities to construct a luscious Sparkling Shiraz. The complete course of methode traditionelle is followed by a term of bottle age beneath the Bleasdale cellars.
Dark purple red, a persistent mousse. Complex cherry liqueur perfume, maraschino and chocolate torte, rancio, cocoa oak and pepper notes. Rich bramble berries on the highly textural palate, red fruits, cherries and vibrantly spiced plum, chocolatety oak and supple tannins lead to a long, memorable finish. A suoerb aperitif wine, easily matched with seasoned kebabs, duckling and pork or chocolate desserts.