The enterprising Frank Potts founded Bleasdale in 1850. Bremerview Shiraz, from the Heritage Range, is a tribute to his system of locks and weirs, constructed in the 1850s and 60s along the River Bremer, to capture winter floodwaters and irrigate vines. This long-standing and robust system for controlling floodwater still comes into use on the rare occasions when river flows breach the established floodbank. The grapes for Bremerview Shiraz are de-stemmed, briefly cold-soaked and open-fermented (about 15% whole berries) with up to four pump-overs each day. After 9-12 days post-ferment maturation on skins the wine is pressed to French oak puncheons and hogsheads (15% new) for 15 months. A conscious expression of Langhorne Creek Shiraz, Bremerview 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, smoky oak flavours and lingering ripe-fruit sweetness.
Bleasdale over-delivers handsomely with this medium to full-bodied wine, investing it with the depth and complexity to justify cellaring. Brooding blackberry, licorice and plum flavours rest on a bed of savoury tannins that increase the mouthfeel and length. Drink to 2026.
90 points, Wine Companion, January 2018
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.