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Bleasdale Langhorne Creek Sparkling Shiraz

Sparkling Wine from Australia - South Australia
3.875000000 star rating 16 Reviews
A cracking sparkling shiraz from Bleasdale, Australia’s second oldest family-run winery. This style of fizzy red is uniquely Australian, and this deeply coloured, blackberry-laden wine stands up to a piece of chocolate cake beautifully!
Price: £11.95 Bottle
Price: £71.50 Case of 6
Due in on 16/09/22
Code: SG871A

Wine characteristics

  • Sparkling Wine
  • 4 - Medium/off dry
  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • 75cl
  • Within one year of purchase
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Champagne cork

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.

Evening Standard

From one of Australia’s oldest family run wineries comes an idiosyncratic, generously appointed, passionately sparkling inky red. Evoking a dark chocolate and vanilla fondant, this is one of the...

From one of Australia’s oldest family run wineries comes an idiosyncratic, generously appointed, passionately sparkling inky red. Evoking a dark chocolate and vanilla fondant, this is one of the smoothest of Australian exports and could easily step in for Port alongside the bluest, most oozing of cheeses.

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Douglas Blyde

The Times

… richer, oakier,dark berry-fruited …

Jane MacQuitty

The Evening Standard

Giving lift to thebird: By now yearning for a glass of red, your family will delight in thisappropriately cranberry-scented, purple sparkler. I recommend not telling themabout its effervescence - which...
Giving lift to thebird: By now yearning for a glass of red, your family will delight in thisappropriately cranberry-scented, purple sparkler. I recommend not telling themabout its effervescence - which given the camouflaging darkness of colour willcome as a pleasant surprise. Best drunk from broad-bowled wine glasses ratherthan being corseted in flutes, the supple tea-like tannins of this fine pepperyserve help grip the flesh of your roasted biurd of choice. Incidentally,family-owned Bleasdale by AUstralia's isolated Langhorne Creek was founded fivegenerations ago by an emigré from Portsmouth.  
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- Douglas Blyde

Food & Travel

Now for somethingcompletely different. I recommend not telling guests about this red wine'sbubbles which, being marked by the intense ruby colour, should come as apleasant surprise. The historic...
Now for somethingcompletely different. I recommend not telling guests about this red wine'sbubbles which, being marked by the intense ruby colour, should come as apleasant surprise. The historic Bleasdale Estate, complete with antiqueequipment (Occasionally put to use), has been deemed a national monument. Itwas founded by an Englishman, Frank Potts. Today the fourth and fifthgeneration of the Potts family are still involved in making this unconventionalbut delicious wine. It's a positive, juicy, substantialmulberry-pudding-scented red with smooth tannins that can easily tame atomahawk steak or bring eccentric drama to an English brunch.
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- Douglas Blyde

Olive

A brilliant-valuewine full of ripe blackberries, savoury vanilla and lip-smacking spice. Acewith steak burgers with peppercorn sauce dip, as well as nutty caramel tart.

- Kate Hawkings

Lancashire Evening Post

Deeply intense in colour, aroma and flavour, this one is ripe blackberries with subtle vanilla. - Colin Burbidge 

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