1640 Langhorne Creek Rd, Langhorne Creek SA
08 8537 4000
As the second oldest family owned winery in Australia, established in 1850, the family behind Bleasdale Vineyards has had more than enough time to hone its winemaking skills.
The Potts clan has worked at Bleasdale for six generations, starting with Frank Potts I, who purchased two parcels of land on the River Bremer and named the property Bleasdale, after Reverend John Ignatius Bleasdale in recognition of his contribution to the viticulture industry. Frank Potts I initially planted 30 acres of verdelho and shiraz for fortified wine; these varieties are still produced by Bleasdale today.
As the winery was passed down through generations the grape varieties expanded, with the first red table wine, a malbec, released in 1961. This has resulted in Bleasdale leading the malbec revolution in Australia, producing 5% of the total malbec crush in 2010 and the 2012 Double Take Malbec awarded the Six Nations Trophy for Best Malbec in 2014.
Paul Hotker joined the team as Bleasdale’s Head Winemaker in 2007. Originally from Western Australia, Paul came to the Langhorne Creek region via New Zealand. Together with the fifth- and sixth-generation of the Potts family, Bleasdale are producing world-class Langhorne Creek red wines, elegant white wines from the Adelaide Hills and a small amount of aged fortified wines.
A majority of the Bleasdale vineyards are located on a natural flood plain where the soils are built up with deep, rich alluvial loam – a result of deposits from the annual flooding of the Bremer River over centuries. Harnessing the natural flooding, Frank Potts developed a system of levers and floodgates to divert water and nutrient-rich silt across the entire vineyard – a practice that’s still going today, albeit supplemented with updated irrigation technology.
Following Bleasdale’s philosophy of encouraging each individual parcel of fruit to express the character of its soil and microclimate, no block is treated the same and a blend of viticultural techniques is used to achieve the highest quality fruit. The soil’s ability to retain moisture, natural fertility and the moderation of the local climate by Lake Alexandrina create a rich environment in which the red varieties thrive; more than 75% of all wine grapes grown are red.
The winery produces cabernet sauvignon, malbec, shiraz, grenache, petit verdot and verdelho, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot gris but their flagship wine is the Frank Potts Cabernet Blend, named in honour of their founder. This wine features aromas of red berries and darker fruits, notably blackcurrant, plum and a touch of black olives. The palate is supported by layers of nutmeg, cinnamon and spiced oak flavours with a hint of vanilla, creating a great balance and fine structure. This wine is paired perfectly with a hearty meal, such as an aged scotch fillet accompanied by roasted potatoes, parsnips and carrots, but it can also accompany a medium strength blue cheese or hard English cheddar.
Bleasdale Wines are sold all around Australia, as well as being exported to countries such as Germany, Canada, USA and China.