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This great-value Aussie chardonnay offers a lot of bang for your buck. Aged in French oak barrels to give a complex wine with toasty notes balanced by peach and melon flavours, plus a satisfying touch of vanilla on the finish.
Product Code: AU21891
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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.
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.
Colour: Bright, clean, straw yellow with a green tinge.
Aroma: Pronounced and exotic, citrus, melon, apple, honeysuckle, banana, a mushroom earthiness, something very funky (but divine), a smokiness, warm bread and spice.
Taste: Dry, med+ bodied, unctuous creamy smooth texture to balance the refreshing acidity. The palate brings citrus, vanilla and apricot that flows into a tingly ripe finish.
Overall: Loved this, such a wonderful integration of fruit and oak. Feels fat but still crisp and juicy. Structure, great nose and a good flavoursome mid-palate. Great value, highly recommend."
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"Very impressed. At 11 quid a bottle case price thisnis excellent and a thoroughly good wine. Depends what you enjoy - if you like a Chardonnay that’s got a little acidity with a bit of minerality to balance it this is a winner. Not a lot of oak but not necessary.
A superstar for the money and glad I bought a case on a whim :-)"
Mr James Putland (13-May-2019)
"Excellent value. Good match to roast pork or a pork chop. The oak unfortunately grew to dominance on the second day. So drink up "
Mr Chris Sheppard (24-Apr-2019)
"Excellent value, toasty notes and subtle vanilla, uses oak but it's well integrated, not big and brash to hide poor grapes. "
Mr Steffan T White (09-Nov-2018)
"There's definitely plenty of lemon citrus here, but the green apple was more like raw cooking apple and I didn't find the oak that should have balanced this out. Toasty? a touch of vanilla? Not really. A bit too acidic for me."
Mr Tom Lavercombe (03-Jun-2018)
JancisRobinson.com (30th Aug 2018)
at this price, gathering the flinty, sulphidic notes of reductive Chardonnay
with delicate but ripe orchard fruits. This has something for everyone, with
lovely dairy and leesy complexity on the length. Good value. - Richard Hemming"
The Daily Telegraph (14th Jul 2018)
"Yet another Wine
Society bargain, this time from the relative cool of the Adelaide Hills in
South Australia. Aged in French oak, which brings a bit of toastiness, this is
textbook contemporary Aussie chardonnay, fresh and mealy. - Victoria Moore"
"A little austere for my personal taste but a very classy, french style chardonnay."
Mr Colin Mitchell (11-May-2018)
"This is absolutely superb for the price. It's extremely well balanced. The oak adds a subtle depth of flavour and plenty of length but there's a decent amount of acidity keeping it fresh. There's plenty of mineral and stone fruit on the nose and palate and the low alcohol content keeps it super clean. Will definitely buy again... and again."
Ms Rachel Amies (06-Apr-2018)
"This is a good quality, reliable, Austalian, chardonnay with a lively taste that lasts and at a reasonable price. It goes with most food, summer and winter. Certainly worth a try - we did and now it's a regular."
Mr Charles Rush (13-Feb-2018)
To my taste this wine was rather thin and too acidic, I would rather buy an American Chardonnay"
Mr John Holm (11-Feb-2018)
Manchester Evening News (10th Mar 2018)
"This wine shows a
great balance between richer Australian fruit, showing hints of toffee and
tropical fruit, with an overall leaner style of chardonnay than might be
expected. The nose also shows some flinty, mineral notes that cooler climate
chardonnay (Chablis) tends towards. - Andy Cronshaw"
"Brilliant VFM. My wife assumed a £15 Chardonnay and was delighted when said £9.
Buttery and creamy, lovely on its own. Should point out I'm not a white drinker nor a fan of Chardonnay so high praise indeed."
Mr David Walker (01-May-2017)
"Overall was disappointed with this wine - not sure why: possibly it was too cold, or it needed time to breathe?"
Mr Gordon Wilson (03-Jan-2017)
"I concur with the previous reviews. Nicely integrated oak, balanced, and very quaffable. Excellent VFM."
Dr Andrew Rawnsley (12-Aug-2016)
"This reminded me of good Australian Chardonnay from the 80's, thankfully not as oaky, because the oak integrated nicely with this wine, rather than over powered it.
Elegant and nicely balanced fruit with some citrus acidity.
Very good value for the price and one of the best Australian Chardonnays I have tasted for a while."
Mr Mark Lewis (11-Aug-2016)
"This is really excellent for the price. I was not expecting anything nearly as elegant. Subtly oaked with just a hint of a creamy finish. I would say this is one of the best value Chardonnays out there at the moment, it competes with stuff priced up to about £15."
Mr Pete Drewienkiewicz (25-Jul-2016)
"Reviews of previous vintage sums it up will. Bright acidity and good creamed complexity but I was expecting a bit more body.
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (08-Jul-2015)
Sunday Express (26th Jul 2015)
chardonnay is rich yet fresh with pear and citrus and some toastiness. Showing
attractive depth of flavour and a spicy complexity, it over-delivers massively
for under a tenner. - Jamie Goode"
The Lady (8th May 2015)
chardonnay… from Australia. The oak supports the lemony fruit but never
overpowers it. Super value for money. - Henry Jeffreys"
winegang.com (1st May 2015)
"Just terrific value
here for a stylish, slightly funky new-wave Aussie chardonnay. Fermented in
French oak using indigenous yeasts, it crackles with fresh apple acidity topped
with wheatmeal and nutty complexity."
JancisRobinson.com (31st Mar 2015)
"Good price for a
leesy, well-made Chardonnay that is truly refreshing, reliable and already
approachable (compared with white Burgundy). Good Value. - Jancis Robinson"
themistressofwine.com (2nd Apr 2015)
"This tastes expensive
with handpicked fruit, wild yeast and French oak. Subtle spice, cinnamon and
clove with butterscotch notes and fresh acid. Very good. - Sam Caporn MW"
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