Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
A medium-full bodied wine showing intense ripe dark berry fruit aromas, a touch of fruitcake and some cinnamon spice. The palate is dense with blackberry preserve and smoky oak flavors and lovely lingering fruit sweetness.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are complicated by notes of woodsmoke and Asian spices. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering intense raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a sexy floral pastille nuance. Finishes sweet and very long, with harmonious tannins providing shape and gentle grip. There's something almost pinot-like going on here that I find very appealing."
Australian Wine Companion - "Medium purple-red; a medium-bodied wine with plenty of activity on both the bouquet and palate; blackberry, plum, spice and fruitcake are augmented by a touch of smoky oak and attractive, savoury tannins."
Bleasdale’s vineyards were founded in 1850 by Frank Potts, making Bleasdale one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries. Having just celebrated its 150th anniversary, it is the second oldest continuously operated family-owned winery besides Yalumba located in the Barossa Valley.
Bleasdale, which has 50 hectares under production, produces around 100,000 cases in total. The principal varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and the white varietal Verdelho. All the red wines produce the distinctive style of upfront fruit with a soft textural feel to them.
They also produce in limited quantities a red blend that is named Frank Potts after the founder and uses all five Bordeaux varietals. It is the winery's flagship wine and for the money represents one of the better values in all of Australia. It is definitely a statement wine and illustrates the high quality of fruit that comes out of the Langhorne Creek area.
Although Bleasdale is firmly connected to its past, it is nonetheless forward-looking with its eye on the 21st century. A new cellar is just now being completed with state-of-the-art technology, alongside a new hospitality area. The old part of the winery is on the National Trust and National Heritage register. View all Bleasdale Wines
About South AustraliaView a map of South Australia wineries McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley and Eden Valley.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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