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Bleasdale The Wise One Tawny Langhorne Creek

Other Fortified from Australia - South Australia
3.900000000 star rating 10 Reviews
A fortified Australian blend of grenache, shiraz and verdelho, matured slowly in small oak casks for a minimum of seven years. Complex, nutty, chocolatey and silky.
Price: £11.50 Bottle
Price: £69.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: AU14211A

Wine characteristics

  • Other Fortified
  • 7 - Dessert sweetness
  • Verdelho
  • 75cl
  • 18% 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.

West Sussex Gazette

… a tawny Portlook-alike … Rich and sweet, with lashings of dried fruit and a mocha finish,fortified to 18%.

- Richard Esling

The Mail on Sunday

Sweet and sumptuous, this is immense value for money. Serve it chilled for a taste of liquid Christmas.

- Olly Smith

The Good Web Guide

Why wait until thebig day to crack open a port or a sherry? For a wine that tastes like liquidChristmas cake, The Wine Society has an Australian superstar for £11.50. Diveinto The Wise One Tawny made ...
Why wait until thebig day to crack open a port or a sherry? For a wine that tastes like liquidChristmas cake, The Wine Society has an Australian superstar for £11.50. Diveinto The Wise One Tawny made by Bleasdale. It’ll pair a charm with Christmastreats from mince pies to pud. Do keep it in the fridge and sip a small glassthroughout December – it’s as comforting as a portable fireside.
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- Olly Smith

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