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2015 Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec

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Winemaker's Notes

Bleasdale’s founder Frank Potts, bequeathed the majority of his business to his sixth son, Frank Potts II. Frank Potts II played an important role in Bleasdale’s history, being responsible for building its famed red gum press. The Second Innings Malbec label depicts Frank Potts II taking part in a family game of cricket on the Bleasdale property.

Malbec is rarely seen as a varietal wine but here at Bleasdale and in Langhorne Creek it stands on its own two feet and performs well enough to earn its stripes. This wine shows vibrant primary fruit flavours of plums, red berries and pepper spice. Finishing soft and round with velvety smooth tannins.

Winemaking Techniques: De-stemmed to open fermenters, approx. 15% whole berry, for 2 - 3 days pre-ferment maceration. Fermentation peak at 28°C with pump overs up to 4 times daily. Drained & pressed after 9 to 12 days on skins. Settled for 24 hours before racking to oak for MLF.

Oak Maturation: 12 months new (10%) and seasoned French oak hogsheads and puncheons.

Cellaring Potential: Drinking well now until 2022.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2015 Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec

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James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
Picked from 7 Mar to 15 Apr, de-stemmed, 15% whole berries, 2-3 days cold soak, open-fermented, 9-12 days on skins, matured for 12 months in French oak (10% new). Deep crimson-purple; a lavish, full-bodied dark plum-laden wine, Langhorne Creek Malbec's home away from home. Will coast serenely along through to the mid '20s.
Drink by 2025
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Very deep youthful purple/red colour, the aroma is floral and spicy, red-berried, primal and faintly sweaty-reductive. The wine is very big and concentrated, dense and tannic and somewhat chewy. It needs time and is very firm and tannic right now. It cleaned up quickly in the glass. Very good potential.
2020 - 2032
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Rustic and elegant, this medium-bodied red has a slightly meaty, herbal bouquet of shiraz-like sweet redcurrants, cassis and blackberries lifted by a sweet violet-like scent and backed by restrained oak. It's long and brightly lit, with a bright expression of cassis, mulberries, plums and redcurrants backed by funky, leathery complexity before finishing quite savoury with dusty undertones of dried herbs. Very different for this label!
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A particularly spice-driven and restrained vintage for Bleasdale's bargain malbec, with an enticing personality of greengage plums, rhubarb and green pepper. It maintains approachability and vibrant poise.
Wine100, December Edition 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A light- to medium-bodied version of the Premium, tracking that wine in terms of colour, flavour and texture, with its plum and red berry fruit and tannins beyond normal expectations for this variety.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Long and juicy, this evenly ripened and sweetly fruited red has a fragrant and lightly herbal bouquet of cassis, raspberries and fresh vanilla oak. It's smooth and generous, with mouthfilling small berry fruits framed by pliant, dusty tannins that provide genuine grip and extract. Ready to drink now or to cellar for the medium term.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
An elegant wine whose dense, faintly raisined aromas of blackberries, currants and restrained cedar/vanilla oak reveal undertones of briar and a whiff of violets. It's deep, dark and palate-staining presence of blackberry, blueberry and dark plum flavours overlie gentle but drying tannins, finishing with lingering notes of spice, licorice and currant.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Crimson-purple; masses of plum and plum pudding flavours, the tannins soft but needed to give the wine structure; thoroughly enjoyable.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Straight malbec is hardly flattering, particularly at the budget end of the scale, but this wine breaks all the stereotypes. It's richly flavoured with ripe mulberries, Christmas spice and orange rind, rounded off with nicely toned tannins and a long, juicy fruit finish.
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Smooth, polished, and vibrant, this rather refined malbec presents a deeply fruited, meaty and elegant expression of dark plums and berries coupled by fresh cedary chocolate/ vanilla oak. It's quite floral and heady, with a genuine perfume of lifted fruit before a long, layered palate of juicy dark fruit backed by meaty, earthy undertones and a fine, powdery spine of dusty tannin. Long and bright, it finishes with lively acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Dense and chewy with tobacco, blackberry and a touch of mulberry; the palate is warm and generous, the tannins disappear behind the ample fruit.Value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Brightly coloured and highly perfumed; just a little spice, with black olive and redcurrant on the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Outside of Argentina, malbec is more often a seen and not heard blender, used to fine-tune cabernet and other red wines. It has a strong affinity with Langhorne Creek, showing rich, ripe dark fruits here and a wedge of bold oak. Round and mouth-filling, the tannins sweep wide, opening out plenty of flesh and mulberry flavour, oak nails the finish shut.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Earthy and meaty, with vegetal undertones and varnishy cedary oak beneath its lightly spicy expression of red berries and plums. The palate delivers a moderate length of forward fruit, creamy vanilla oak and fine tannins, becoming more minty, menthol-like and spiky towards the finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Typical strong colour, retaining hue; sweet, juicy, dark berry varietal fruit has good length; excellent example of a 100% Malbec.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good depth to the colour, holding hue; moderately full-bodied and rich, with ripe raspberry jam flavour typical of the variety; of interest, perhaps.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A sound, firm and well-balanced malbec with a sweet, earthy and slightly confectionary aroma of cassis and raspberries that reveals floral undertones of mint and violets. Smooth and generous, It's pleasingly bright and spicy, with lingering flavours of ripe berry fruit framed by a drying and fine-grained astringency plus light oak influences.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Rather minty and leafy, with green-edged meaty qualities obscuring its rather simple notes of raspberries and plums. Hollow-centred, finishing herbal and sappy.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

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