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Bleasdale Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016

White Wine from Australia - South Australia
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One of the best-value chardonnays buyer Sarah Knowles MW tries each year. Made by South Australian expert Paul Hotker from cool-climate Adelaide Hills fruit, the 2016 has just a touch of flint on the nose, with crisp lemon and green-apple flavours, with a light hint of toasty French oak flavour just noticeable on the refreshing finish.
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Code: AU19741

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
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South Australia

South Australia (SA) is Australia's wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region's powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to...

South Australia (SA) is Australia's wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region's powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to guarantee lush, chocolatey reds from shiraz, grenache and cabernet, while its strong maritime influence invests elegance in chardonnay, viognier and marsanne. Nearby Langhorne is cooled by the lake and nearby sea, and grows grapes of very good quality at a low cost. These excellent-value wines are marked by a softness and fullness of flavour. The Adelaide Hills area east of the city are cool and provide the perfect ingredients for lemony sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Coonawarra, further south-east behind the Limestone Coast, is South Australia's leading cabernet region, the unique terra rossa soil and maritime influence producing grapes with intense flavours and fabulous structure.

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Bleasdale Vineyards

The historic Bleasdale vineyards were founded in 1850 by Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia from Portsmouth, England in 1836. Potts spotted the potential of the rich alluvial soils of the area and the impact of the Bremer River on which the isolated, tiny town of Langhorne Creek region depends for flood irrigation. His sons and grandsons operated and built up the winery, and even today the fourth and fifth generation of the Potts family are still involved in the winemaking and running of the winery. Their property, much of which enjoys conservation status, offers a fascinating insight into the history of Australia’s early settlers.

The cellars at Bleasdale are a national monument, constructed from red gumwood and limestone, and some of the original winemaking equipment is still occasionally used. Nevertheless, the emphasis here is on using modern technology to produce wines of consistently high quality. Until the 1990s much of the region’s fruit went into multi-regional blends and it was only when a group of long-term family growers – including Bleasdale – started promoting 100% Langhorne Creek wines that the region became recognised in its own right.

Australia Vintage 2016

Overall 2016 was a positive vintage for Australia with good volumes, and generally high quality wines being produced.

In South Australia total yields were up on 2015, and the quality was good too. It was another dry warm vintage, but with some rain, with the use of irrigation saving the vines from undue stress. A strong vintage for grenache and shiraz, with examples in barrel looking very concentrated and well structured.

Manchester Evening News

This wine shows agreat balance between richer Australian fruit, showing hints of toffee andtropical fruit, with an overall leaner style of chardonnay than might beexpected. The nose also shows some...
This wine shows agreat balance between richer Australian fruit, showing hints of toffee andtropical fruit, with an overall leaner style of chardonnay than might beexpected. The nose also shows some flinty, mineral notes that cooler climatechardonnay (Chablis) tends towards.
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- Andy Cronshaw

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