Bleasdale The Wild Fig SGM 2022


"The wine is ridiculously good, likely to cause dribbling when tasting. And yes, another 95-pointer" (James Halliday)  

“There’s an argument to say that the Bleasdale winery, both historically and most certainly at the hand of winemaker Paul Hotker, should be regarded as every Australian wine lover’s best friend.”

Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family-owned and operated winery, established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836. The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer river. Frank Potts left behind him a wonderful legacy that continues today. His sons and grandsons have operated and built up the winery, and Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth- and fifth-generation members of the Potts family.

Not a GSM, but an SGM - a Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre blend from the legendary Bleasdale winery in Langhorne Creek. Medium weight red wine with lifted blueberry fruit and cherry cola notes, wild thyme, savoury & earthy characters. Depth and personality from the Shiraz with notes of rain on hot gravel, clove and citrus. Rich fruit flavour with a fine chalky finish. 

"A part-estate, part-grower blend of 67/26/7% shiraz/grenache/mourvèdre. The analysis of 13.5% alcohol, 6.1g/L TA and 3.46 pH are an all-up sweet spot for mouthfeel. On skins 12-14 days, matured for 6 months in used puncheons or tank (to retain freshness). Blending at different times for different purposes is part of 'the knowledge.' The wine is ridiculously good, likely to cause dribbling when tasting. And yes, another 95-pointer. Drink to: 2028; Price: $22.00; Date Tasted: March 2023; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion