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2014 Bleasdale Frank Potts Cabernet Blend

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Cracka Review

Here we have a killer 'cabernet and friends' blend that truly over-delivers. Medium-bodied in style, aromas of dark berries, anise, earthiness and hints of mint adorn the nose and tempt the senses. This theme is continued on the palate where it is juicy, fruity and multi-layered, with some firmness to the tannins, poised tight acidity, and a cassis & mint finish that goes on and on. This one will kick on for a few years. Bleasdale, you make our jobs easy with wines like this!

Winemaker's Notes

In 1836, at the age of 21, Frank Potts arrived in South Australia on the HMS Buffalo. In 1850 he established Bleasdale, the first Vineyard and Winery at Langhorne Creek.

This wine is layered and complex with red berry and darker fruit aromas, notably blackcurrant, plum and lifted violets. These characters continue onto the palate, with floral and fruit layers supported by fine oak tannins and lively berry fruit persistence.

Balanced, finely structured and perfumed, this wine shows considerable length and structure & will benefit from cellaring for 10 to 20 years. Bottled without filtration, decanting 2 hour’s prior to consumption is recommended.

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (61%), Malbec (18%), Merlot (9%), Petit Verdot (8%) and Cabernet Franc (4%)

Cellaring potential: Drinking well now until 2034

Alc/vol: 14.0%

expert reviews about

2014 Bleasdale Frank Potts Cabernet Blend

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 9% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, gold medal National Wine Show 2015. Almost nonchalantly floods the mouth with blackcurrant and plum, the texture mesmeric, focusing on the fruit, yet providing the edge of tannin that is an integral part of the quality of the wine.
Drink by 2034
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Shares the bright, healthy colour of all the '13 Bleasdale releases; a full-blown Bordeaux blend of 62/18/11/6/3% cabernet sauvignon, malbec, petit verdot, cabernet franc and merlot duly delivers the goods with a beautifully balanced array of predominantly black fruits, but not to the exclusion of some juicy plum and red sparklets.
By 2033
Wine Companion
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
Blend of Langhorne Creek cabernet sauvignon (62%) with malbec (18%), petit verdot (10%), cabernet franc (6%) and merlot. Matured in French oak. It’s firm and juicy and has good depth. It’s also well balanced; it’s hard to imagine anyone being displeased with this. Blackcurrant, fennel, bay leaves and an integrated run of spicy oak. Very fine tannin. Nicely done in all respects.
The Wine Front
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A complex 65/15/11/5/4% blend of cabernet sauvignon. Malbec, petit verdot, merlot and cabernet franc; it is a finely structured and elegant wine, with its complex array of red and black fruits neatly framed by 15 months in French oak; the tannins are fine and persistent, lengthening the finish.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Natural and finely balanced, this charming and stable cabernet reveals a bright floral bouquet of cassis, mulberries, dark plums and a more vegetal malbec component backed by dusty nuances of sweet cedar/vanilla oak. It’s long and refined, with a luscious presence of juicy dark plums and berries underpinned by pliant, fine-grained tannins and tightly knit with cedar oak. Finishing with a refreshing acidity, it’s set for the long term.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A 70/14/8/4/4% blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, petit verdot, merlot and cabernet franc. The colour is bright crimson and, despite 18 months in French oak, is foremost a combination of red and black berry fruits; the tannins are firm, but fundamentally in balance, and will see the wine safely sail through the next 154+ years.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Earthy and marginally over-ripened, with a meaty, faintly raisined and tight-fisted expression of sweet red berries, blood plums and currants, this full to medium-bodied cabernet blend is deeply layered and rather closed, but has the strength of flavour and structure of fine-grained tannins to age slowly. Sporting fresh chocolate/cedary oak, it's backed by minty, meaty and cinnamon-like nuances, with a suggestions of dried herbs.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Finely balanced, long and measured, with a dusty bouquet of cassis, dark plums and redcurrants with meaty and herbal undertones, a restrained presence of caramel, vanilla and cedary oak, plus a slightly vegetal hint of malbec. Content to let oak play second fiddle, it's sweetly fruited, polished and elegant, with an exceptional length of piercing cassis and mulberry flavour wrapped in smooth, velvet-like tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
As menacing as the black and white rendering of the late Frank Potts is on this label, what's inside is nothing short of welcoming. A dash of malbec and merlot to classic Langhorne cabernet - there's loamy earth and rich dark berry fruit throughout, roasted nuts and chocolate too. It builds ripe plums towards the finish, layered up on soft, approachable tannins
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A clean, clear-cut array of red and black fruits; balanced tannins and oak run through a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong colour, clear red-purple; equally strong palate structure; masses of blackcurrant and cassis fruit; soft tannins typical of the region
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Bright colour; medium-bodied, bursting with cassis, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit; fine, ripe tannins; good length. Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Petit Verdot.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A smooth, supple and luscious array of black fruits rounded off with soft, lingering tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; the sweet, ripe and concentrated cassis/berry fruit of the bouquet avoids porty or jammy characters; the palate offers seductively supple ripe fruit with equally supple tannins and a dusting of vanilla ex the American oak. Fully deserves its medals and represents very good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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