Bleasdale’s ‘Prestige Range’ of varietal wines aim to allow the region to express itself naturally with minimum intervention in the winery. The reds ‘have an honest masculinity but are not brutish’. The Shiraz ‘is a ripe-fruit style with refined, cool-climate spice elements’. Bremerview Shiraz is a medium to full bodied wine showing intense ripe dark berry fruit aromas, a touch of fruitcake and some cinnamon spice. The palate is typically dense with blackberry preserve and smoky oak flavours and lingering ripe-fruit sweetness.
Destemmed to open fermenters, 15% whole berries, short cold soak, 9-12 days on skins, pressed to new (15%) and used French oak. Top Gold National Wine Show '15, Gold Adelaide Wine Show and Melbourne Wine Show Awards. This is in the heart of medium-bodied Shiraz, black cherry, plum and blackberry fruits encased in a silken web of tannins, and a fleeting glimpse of French oak. Yes it's $20! 14% alc. Drink to 2030. 96 points, James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au).
Vines were first planted in Langhorne Creek, south of Adelaide, by Frank Potts soon after the establishment of Bleasdale in 1850. The region is a large, broad, sparsely-populated plain watered by the Bremer and Angas rivers. It was named after Alfred Langhorne, a drover who crossed the Bremer River at a place that became known as Langhorne's Crossing. The name evolved to become Langhorne Creek. A cool, maritime region with deep, fertile, alluvial soils, Langhorne Creek is best known for medium to full bodied red wines made, in particular, from shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Reliable quality and volume has made it a favoured source for major producers and much of the region’s large crop goes to make wines that are not specifically identified with the region.