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Made from old vines in the Langhorne Creek, this wine has an intense concentration of blackberries and damson. Very limited use of oak means that this retains it freshness and is a very easy-drinking modern shiraz that ages beautifully for such a reasonably priced wine.
Product Code: AU21971
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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.
"Easy every day drinking. Red and black fruits with a hint of spice. Smooth, good value for money. "
I would recommend this wine
"I liked this - fantastic black fruits, plum and boysenberry and some savoury aromas on the nose. Lovely juicy blackberries and peppery spice to taste with medium tannins. Give it a chance to breathe to open up. Nice deep ruby colour."
I would recommend this wine
"Nice easy drinking. I would recommend this wine"
"An excellent smooth red for everyday drinking and real value for money."
"Quite enjoyable for the price, very easy drinking. First couple sips come off as quite acidic but it mellows as you drink more. "
"Easy every day drinking. Red and black fruits with a hint of spice. Smooth, good value for money. "
The Herald 28th Mar 2020
"This is simply
divine, with juicy ripe blackberries a hint of spice and a really fresh finish.
The Wine Society have done themselves proud with this one. - Gerard Richardson"
"A £7 Aussie Shiraz is not likely to set the world alight, but this is not at all bad. Dark fruits but with a pleasant acidity and tapenade type savouriness rather than overripe sweetness. Minimal tannins but a fresh mouthfeel and surprisingly long for a wine at this price. Well done the WS."
Dr Philip Dodd (02-Apr-2019)
"A pretty decent Shiraz, quite full-bodied and smooth, and not at all unpleasant. Slightly heavy and slightly cloying. However for the price very reasonable."
Prof Roger Barton (08-Mar-2019)
"The first bottle of this tasted in May 2018 was excellent value - classic Oz Shiraz; spice, pepper & blackberry, mellow and a balanced 14% .
Second bottle tasted January 2019 is a different beast; liquorice, olive character with little fruit and resembling a harsh Southern French. Not the same wine of 6 months ago – perhaps now well past its best?
Mrs Elisabeth Pearce (03-Jan-2019)
"Good value for money. Relatively full bodied and quite strong which you can expect from a Shiraz. Easy to drink though and will definitely try again. "
Mr Edward Peters (30-Nov-2018)
"Always the question - does one rate absolutely or relatively? I mean should price be taken into account? I am sure Robert Parker doesn’t.
As for this wine, I’d say that if one were to poll a blind tasting about its price, it’s likely the majority would say “£10 maybe?”. So, it’s good value. But, what’s motivated me to put pen to virtual paper is the wish to share an opinion that it’s a very good wine for any price. It’s interesting and very pleasing, fruit forward as one might expect, and I’d agree it’d be good with or without food."
Mr Julian Edgington (15-Nov-2018)
Mr Rolande Auten (02-Jun-2018)
"Rich, round, dense, smooth, fruity. Uncomplicated easy drinking. Good value everyday wine."
Mr John Lay (10-Apr-2018)
Mr James Bramble (28-Mar-2018)
Mr Dominic Murphy (10-Feb-2018)
"Very acceptable, and interesting flavours, much better than anything we have found at a similar price in the super markets. Nice as a back up."
Mr William Tutton (10-Feb-2018)
"Ok, but not great. Lacks body. All fruit with not enough bass note."
Mr Peter Nelson (10-Jun-2017)
"I suppose I should not expect too much of a wine at this price level. But, considering that it is the Society's choice for an Australian Shiraz, I was disappointed. I found it to be too sharp and with too little fruit or body for my taste."
Mr David Milner (07-Apr-2017)
"Good value. We liked it. A big wine - rich and full. Fruity."
Ms Vicki Worsley (20-Jan-2017)
""Good value and very drinkable Shiraz. Quite earthy with elderberry and plum undertones. Quite dry with lots of tannin ... "Very nice""
Mr Ivan Manley (14-Dec-2016)
Mr Neil Gowers (29-Oct-2016)
"I agree with the previous reviewers. For the price point its a great example of Aussie shiraz and comes up with the goods. Will be re-ordering with the festive party season in mind."
Mr Aron Hills (30-Sep-2016)
"An amazing Australian Shiraz. Being Australian, I normally don't order Australian wines, but I got homesick, so I ordered 4 different bottles of Shiraz from the WS. This one was my favourite, beating bottles priced over £10. Why? Because it is a great representation of an Australian Shiraz. If you don't like big Aussie wines - stay away! But if you've never tried them, or you do like them, you have to try this. The wine maker is very popular in Australia and makes wines to fit all budgets. This holds up similarly to their Bremerview Shiraz, which is over £9!
I find this wine to have lovely fruit and a touch of oak (although I'd be surprised if it had seen much oak for the price). There's the typical pepper and spice that you would expect with a Shiraz, and it is nice and smooth to the finish.
A must try. You'll also find this a great party wine, because, for the price, it will please anyone who sees it is Australian."
Dr Lonnie Swift (03-Sep-2016)
"generally well received by all family members, easy drinking and no dislikes"
Mr Martin Reeves (11-Aug-2016)
"Another excellent Society wine. Bargain at the price. Description was spot on."
Mr Gordon Allan (02-Jul-2016)
"Absolutely delicious - tastes like a much more expensive wine. Packed full of fruit, it's an excellent BIG shiraz. We will definitely be ordering many more bottles of this!"
Miss Emma Mallinder (28-Feb-2016)
"This wine was fruity- ripe blackcurrants, soft smooth tannins and none too heavy despite the 14% alcohol, it slipped down all too easily and had a gentle spicy finish. To my mind this is just what basic Aussie Shiraz should be - easy drinking, no rough edges just warm and sunny fruitiness in a glass . Having read the reviews of previous years I was surprised at all the negativity. When you pay under £6.00 for a bottle of wine most of the cost is excise duty, the bottle, the label and the transport all the way from South Australia. I say well done Wine Society - it does exactly what it says on the tin - if you want a complex fine wine which will age gracefully in your cellar for years expect to pay far more than £6.00 !!
Dr Richard N Gale (31-Jan-2016)
JancisRobinson.com (2nd Aug 2016)
"Mid cherry red.
Lively, almost medicinal bramble fruit and a touch of pepper. Juicy and perfect
for parties but with enough tannic structure to match with food – Good value.
15/20 Julia Harding"
thewinegang.com (21st Mar 2016)
"You get a lot of
easygoing pleasure for your money with this wine – a mouthful of sun-warmed
blackberries and blackcurrants, the trademark fresh mint of Langhorne Creek and
a little spicy tobacco and toasty oak. Made for The Society by Bleasdale. Bring
on the bangers, meatballs and pizza. 86/100"
"I made the mistake of not decanting this wine and not letting it stand to open up, I would recommend others avoid doing the same. My bottle made one of the biggest transformations that I have experienced, from being initially harsh and leathery to being smooth and much more rounded an hour later. If you can wait at least an hour then I would recommend this rewarding medium bodied wine but if you can't go elsewhere."
Mr Paul Everett (08-Feb-2014)
"I found this wine to be disappointing. No character or charm and can be likened to a bland, supermarket own brand offering. Taste is a very personal and subjective thing, but for me, the Grant Burge benchmark shiraz for an example of an Aussie red, or something like the excellent society's Corbieres would be a better choice at this price point."
Mr Kieran Hynes (20-Sep-2013)
"Excellent value peppery and full-flavoured."
Mr Pete Gleeson (15-Mar-2013)
"Can I add to my review that I always decant red wines? So if there was a problem with too much tannin, half an hour after it was decanted, there was no problem."
Mr Robin C D A Hirsch (09-Jul-2012)
"I'm surprised at some of the other reviews - I conclude that this wine must differ quite a lot from year to year. This year's vintage bursts with flavour. Refined it's not, but its tannins were very well behaved and the amount of fruit is fabulous if you like a really full wine with quite a lot of sweetness in the fruit. I got it in this year's Australian Reds mixed case but I would definitely buy it on its own at this price."
"Over-priced at £6.75 per bottle. Not bad, very drinkable, but no better than many Wine Society wines at £5-5.75 per bottle."
Mr Richard I H Garrett (05-Jul-2011)
"We found it harsh, tannic and acid on the finish. At first we thought we had a bad bottle but there was a slight improvement on leaving open for some time, like others have said. Not much of a bouquet, and really not that quaffable. We won't be buying another bottle."
Dr Aref Dyer (22-May-2011)
"I lately opened a bottle of the 2008 vintage picked up as a bin end, and fair value at that price. Very drinkable, certainly not harsh or foul, but a rather routine competent Australian Shiraz, whereas earlier vintages were definitely a little special and frankly fun. I hope some critical reviews of the current vintage don't indicate a further decline, as I would be sad to drop this from my list of repeats."
Dr Christopher Currie (14-May-2011)
"I received two bottles in a mixed case. It certainly wasn't my favourite red as I found it hard and tannic on opening. However two days later the remainder of the bottle had softened and had, in my view, improved a great deal. So open early or decant I think."
Mr Alan Wells (25-Mar-2011)
"I tried the 2005 and 2006 and both of them were gloriously gorgeous rich wines. I couldn't wait to order more. This one, however, after trying two bottles, is one of the foulest, most metallic, stale tea-soaked monstrosities I've ever tasted. Maybe my crate was a bad batch, but I've never felt so much that I've wasted my money. I can't bear to drink the rest."
Dr Graham McCann (26-Jan-2011)
"I too was the fortunate recipient of a member-to-member gift, as a thank you for a day's fishing. A cracking, robust wine which I much enjoyed and I intend to order some for the whole party next year."
Major J R Urquhart (01-Dec-2010)
"My brother kindly gave me a bottle of this nectar. A very nice bottle irrespective of price full of ripe rich fruit, heavy but not jammy. An amazing bottle at the price"
Mr Philip A Bennett (07-Jul-2010)
"I ordered a case and am on my second bottle so far I can only say this is not unlike a well-known black current cordial with alcohol added. A disappointment, a much better buy is the Grant Burge Benchmark Shiraz, 2008, Barossa at the same price."
Mr Max Penfold (01-Jun-2010)
"A very happy experience. The candour of the label is matched by the wine which will enhance a broad range of foods;
Oz wine without the hype. Bravo Wine Society!"
Mr Richard W Sharrock (01-Sep-2009)
"I am really no wine buff so cant produce a lot of technical terms. But my partner and I really enjoy this wine. It's full of flavour, doesn't give me a bad night's sleep as some do and I think is good value for money. Well done The Wine Society!"
Dr Jolyon Oxley (11-May-2009)
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