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The Society's Australian Shiraz 2018

Red Wine from Australia - South Australia
Thanks to the excellent and warm South Australian vintage, this is a richer, fuller and more generous wine. Bold but still elegant, it explodes with black cherry and blueberry with a twist of spice to round things off.
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Code: AU22331

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • Now to 2023
  • 14% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Screwcap

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.

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ollysmith.com

Perfect time of yearfor a smokey red like this, bold black fruit from a vintage bathed in warmth,pour yourself a glass of personal insulation.

- Olly Smith

Daily Express

A full-bodied beauty from The Wine Society, bursting with cherries, blueberries and a smidgeon of spice in the finish for added zing. Not too heavy, not too light, the perfect wine to warm your...
A full-bodied beauty from The Wine Society, bursting with cherries, blueberries and a smidgeon of spice in the finish for added zing. Not too heavy, not too light, the perfect wine to warm your cockles on a cold winter evening. As the world's oldest wine club The Society scores time and time again and this is another winner.
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- Matt Nixson

The Guardian

... if you’re puttingin an order, you may fancy stocking up on the Society’s bright, juicy 2018Australian Shiraz for your party … oh no, we’re not having those this year, arewe?...
... if you’re puttingin an order, you may fancy stocking up on the Society’s bright, juicy 2018Australian Shiraz for your party … oh no, we’re not having those this year, arewe? Let’s just call them basic everyday reds, then.
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- Fiona Beckett

wineanorak.com

Rounded, fruity andpure with lovely elegance. Ripe and delicious with supple berry fruits and nicebrightness.

89/100 Jamie Goode

Sunday Express

This is made by Bleasdale, who are based in the underrated Langhorne Creek wine region in South Australia. Rounded, fruity and pure with lovely elegance, this is a delicious shiraz with supple...
This is made by Bleasdale, who are based in the underrated Langhorne Creek wine region in South Australia. Rounded, fruity and pure with lovely elegance, this is a delicious shiraz with supple berries and brightness.
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- Jamie Goode

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