The next winery to introduce you to at the Vancouver International Wine Festival is Bleasdale Vineyards. Learn about their interesting region that has an afternoon breeze called the “Lake Doctor” to help slow the grapes ripening and should keep more acidity in the grapes. Enjoy the read now from the winery, and tasting their wines in February 2015.
Bleasdale Vineyards are located in LANGHORNE CREEK, 74KM south west of Adelaide South Australia. Frank Potts our founder purchased land surrounding the Bremer River in 1850 and planted vines in 1858. Frank Potts named his property Bleasdale. In the early 1990’s we had 440 hectares under vine and then came the Australian “wine boom” which now sees Langhorne Creek with over 6000 hectares under vine. Today Bleasdale continues as a family business with the original Potts Family controlling more than 50% of the share capital.
Langhorne’s Creek unique climate gives the wines intensity, character and varietal integrity. Langhorne Creek has a Mediterranean climate of cool wet winters with warm dry summers and is heavily influenced by the maritime cooling effect of the “Lake Doctor” afternoon breeze which lowers temperatures. Which on average are 3 degrees below the Barossa and McLaren Vale regions and only .5 degree above the cool climate Coonawarra region. Langhorne Creek’s night time temperatures can be up to 10 degrees cooler than the Barossa and McLaren Vale. The summer heat pushes the vines to their limit but the respite from the “Lake Doctor” cooling breezes allows slow ripening.
Surrounding the Bremer River is a natural flood plain of deep alluvial soils created from the top soils of the Adelaide Hills flooding down the Bremer and Angas Rivers. In years of winter flooding this allows Bleasdale to “dry grow” our premium vineyards as sufficient water is held in the deep clays for the vines during the growing season. Across the Langhorne Creek flood plain is a unique series of ancient floodgates that operate today and rely on sharing communication between neighbouring properties to pass the water that flows over the river bank. This unique winter flooding allows Bleasdale to dry grow our vines, which gives that complexity and intense fruit character in our wines as evidenced by our premium Shiraz grown in The Powder Monkey Vineyard.
The Bleasdale vision is to make premium Langhorne Creek red wines and Adelaide Hills white wines that excite the worlds wine drinkers and to generate successful sales and returns for our partners along the distribution chain. Our Chief Winemaker Paul Hotker joined Bleasdale in 2007 and has progressively developed an understanding of the Langhorne Creek flood plain and its vineyards. This has evolved and improved the Bleasdale wines to their best ever level. James Halliday, Australia’s leading wine authority and author of the Australian Wine Companion rates Bleasdale as a RED 5 STAR WINERY, an accolade he gives to only 8.4% of Australian wineries. Halliday says “Over recent years Bleasdale has been winning a cascade of gold medals and trophies for its Langhorne Creek Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec, but that is only the beginning. It has also had phenomenal success with Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Stylistically, the two groups are at the opposite ends of the universe…..” The Bleasdale Vineyards winemaking philosophy is one of simplicity “less is more” and delivering vibrancy, harmony texture and drinkability in its wines.
The Wines We Will Be Pouring
Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (BC $16.99) – We say Mulberry wonderful about this wine….very moreish, outstanding Cabernet flavours of mulberry and cassis, rich and tasty, great length and silky smooth.
Second Innings Malbec (BC $15.99) – Bleasdale has established itself as Australia’s leading Malbec maker. Second Innings shows vibrant primary fruit flavours of plums, red berries and spices that finishes soft and round with velvety smooth tannins.
Frank Potts Cabernet Blend – A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 68%,Malbec 14%, Petit Verdot 9%, and Cabernet Franc 4%. Lovely red berry and darker fruit aromas of blackcurrant, plum and lifted violets with a touch of Black olives. Balanced, finely structured and perfumed, with considerable length and structure.
Powder Monkey Shiraz – A single vineyard wine from our best shiraz vineyard , located behind the cellars. Matured in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads and puncheons. Pure crimson and intense and powerful wine, the accent is on dense blackberry, liquorice and bitter chocolate, with savoury tannins running through the length of the palate.