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Made in old wooden vats in the Langhorne Creek. This classy Aussie port look-a-like has a rich sweet body, plenty of dried fruit character and a mocha note on the finish.
Product Code: AU14211A
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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.
"I bought this after finishing an utterly delicious 10 year old tawny port that I found in [a supermarket] in December. Sadly this bears no resemblance. The Wise One is sweet and syrupy with a rather unpleasant after taste. This one is a binner unless I can find someone with a very sweet tooth.
Back to Porto for the next bottle.
I would recommend this wine
"We really enjoyed this at a recent neighbor get together. It didn’t last long and is great value for money. "
West Sussex Gazette 18th Dec 2019
"… a tawny Port
look-alike … Rich and sweet, with lashings of dried fruit and a mocha finish,
fortified to 18%. - Richard Esling"
"Bought again this Christmas and I still love it. Yes, it is sweet but there's balance too, with a lovely oxidative edge and more than enough acidity.
Drink cellar cool (ideally) and revel in the flavour and unbelievable value for money."
Mr Richard Holmes (03-Jan-2019)
"I bought a couple of bottles this thinking it might be quaffed by my family last Christmas. We found it disgustingly sweet and flavourless. Not even my hard-drinking daughters-in-law would touch it. A real disappointment. "
Mr Christopher Sennett (02-Oct-2018)
"I just can't get alongside those effusive press reviews. I found this thin and unexpressive. It withers in the presence of even mild cheeses and I can't imagine trying to drink it with chocolate. It's not a bad wine but it's very delicate, far more suited to the role of aperitif than postprandial tipple. "
Mr Tom Lavercombe (08-Jun-2018)
"Like drinking Christmas cake. Had with Christmas cake, awesome!"
Mr John Arthur (22-Feb-2018)
"Sweeter than a tawny but utterly delicious and wonderful with deserts rather than cheese. Try it as an alternative to a muscat or moscatel. Take a bow, WS buyers!!"
Mr Tony O'Grady (11-Jan-2018)
"Australia really excels in this sort of wine. Not quite Port, not quite Madeira, really nice to sip with a mince pie."
Mr Nick Foster (17-Nov-2016)
"this is one of the best port ever will be ordering more."
Mr John Day (27-Jun-2016)
"I concur with some of the other reviewers. This stuff is sweet and moreish but not overly sweet. This is one of the best ports I have tasted and for the price it's unbelievable. Wine Society get some more in please!!!"
Mr Gerry McRobb (01-Dec-2015)
"If this ever reappears grab it with both hands. Yes, it's sweet, but less so than a ruby port and at this price is truly excellent."
Mr Richard Holmes (31-Dec-2014)
"Fantastic, though now sadly out of stock again. Excellent value at £10.95, enjoyed on its own or with accompaniments. Well done to The Wine Society for finding gems like this at great value."
Mr Jamie Anderson (05-Jan-2014)
"I would agree that the other reviewers are accurate regarding a fine taste (rose petals, marmalade etc.) however, to my personal taste, it's overly sweet and rich. I tried the 'fridge' treatment but it deadened any aromas. Top marks to TWS for broadening our horizons, however for the next bottle I will explore TWS's selections from Portugal or perhaps Madeira. Says something that TWS notes are very descriptive regarding the winemaker, however only one sentence about what's in the bottle."
Mr Tim Potts (01-Dec-2013)
"The first time I tried this was at room temperature, it was like a mouthful of orange sherberts mixed with rum & raisin ice cream followed by a brandy chaser. Not nice. I put the bottle in the fridge, poured a glass the next day and what a difference: warm coffee and spice with a lovely citrus edge. The alcohol is prominent but in a warming way. Long finish. Very viscous in the glass. All in all, something different, and its well worth the money. Chill it first is my advice."
Mr James Mullett (18-Jul-2012)
"Pale in colour, looks almost like an aged Pinot. Delightfully tangy marmalade meets rose petal flavour. Very seductive and feminine. Unlike any port I've ever had before. Wine Soc: This is a super find, please can we have some more!"
Mr William Davies (05-Jan-2012)
"One of the best Ports I have come across - only problem now though is it is no longer available and I have one bottle left! ha"
Mr Stuart Foulkes (13-Dec-2011)
"WOW! sums up my views of this wonderful drink.I found this Tawny by accident whilst looking for a bottle of Port. It is more mellow and rounded than traditional Tawny Port, lighter in colour and does not taste 'spirty'. Perfect as an after dinner drink with chocolate or on its own if you the mood takes your fancy.Went back for more bottles to give as Christmas gifts but alas had sold out. Probably the best £10.50 I have spent at the Wine Society."
Mr Mark Farenden (11-Dec-2011)
The Spectator (20th Dec 2017)
"Made from shiraz and
verdelho, a white grape from Madeira, this is Australia’s answer to port and
it’s a total knock-out. There’s vanilla, chocolate, rum-like flavours,
marmalade and then walnuts, lots and lots of walnuts! The finish goes on for a
good 15 minutes and the price is bananas for a wine of this quality. - Henry Jeffreys"
Scottish Field (1st Jul 2017)
"There are few greater
delights in life than a chocolate fondant and finding a wine to match can be
fun. The addition of peanut brittle points me in the direction of a tawny wine
from the Langhorne Creek region in Australia. As well as classic chocolatey
flavours, this bottle also has a delicious caramel twist. Aged in oak barrels
stored in the rafters of the winery so they're exposed to the heat of the sun,
this wine also has rich vanilla and coffee flavours. - Peter Ranscombe"
Belfast Newsletter (10th Dec 2016)
"Ideal with either
mince pies or crackers and stilton or even just on its own with hot water,
lemon and cloves on a cold December night - luscious, rich and sinfully
indulgent ... This exotic, fortified Australian wine is made in the style of tawny
port and combines flavours of fruitcake, nuts and toffee with vanilla aromas
and backnotes of spice. - Raymond Gleug"
Sheffield Profile (1st Dec 2016)
"This really warms
your cockles on a wintery day, with rich candied spice flavours. It is creamy
in texture with a dark ruby colour."
The Wine Gang (7th Dec 2016)
"Top Ten value wine: A
South Australian take on Tawny Port - a fortified wine aged for long time in
barrel to round off its young edges. This might be an unorthodox blend of
verdelho, grenache and shiraz but who the heck cares about that when it tastes
so very good?!? Sweet in fig and raisin flavours with a tang of marmalade and
some coffee to finish, it's devastatingly moreish and packs a delicious
fortified punch. - The Wine Gang"
York Press (3rd Dec 2016)
"Given that it doesn't
hail from Portugal's Douro valley, it cannot on these shores be classed as a
Port, but it does compare well, with its rich sweet body, plenty of dried fruit
character and a mocha note on the finish. Have it by the fire on its own, or
with cheese while going through the Radio Times circling the films you'll be
watching this Yuletide. - Peter Martini"
Shropshire Star (23rd Nov 2016)
"Made from verdelho in
old wooden vats in Langhorne Creek, this classy Australian Port-lookalike is
richly sweet, with lovely dried fruit characters, combined with mocha notes.
The ideal tipple for sipping by the fire and the perfect match with cheese. "
Belfast Newsletter (19th Nov 2016)
"... luscious, rich
and sinfully indulgent … This exotic fortified wine is made in the style of
tawny port and combines flavours of fruitcake, nuts and toffee with aromas of
vanilla and back-notes of spice.- Raymond Gleug"
Newcastle Journal (26th Apr 2016)
just £9.95 for a standard 75cl bottle. The label is wonderfully terrible, but
the wine is truly great, with rich layers of lusciously sweet coffee and
dried fruit flavours. Oxidative handling in old wooden vats has rendered the
once almost lemon-hued verdelho a deep, green-tinged mahogany.
- Helen Savage
The Lady (23rd Aug 2013)
An Australian take on tawny port, tastes of
vanilla, chocolate, rum and walnuts.
- Henry Jeffreys
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