Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz is a wine I have sold for a LONG time. It is a wine that I have enjoyed for the same period of time. Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz is from the Langhorne Creek which is still under-appreciated.
This wine sums up everything that is great from the region. Bold, rich, complex, easy to drink. Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz will please anyone who likes quality wine. It is a wine to drink and enjoy, no need to cellar at all. Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz will pair well with BBQ flavours, charcuterie, bolder cheeses. And, of course, Xmas breakfast.
Bleasdale is a legendary producer in the Langhorne Creek region. Their wines offer value for money. But more importantly, they are reliably delicious. There would have to be an amazing wine on offer for me to knock back the chance to enjoy a glass of anything from Bleasdale. Bleasdale has 170 years of history. They are the first winery in Langhorne Creek. And they are still leading quality. They received winemaker of the year from James Halliday in 2017. The Max Schubert Trophy in 2018. They won the Jimmy Watson in 2019.
The region that has done so much, for so many but never truly recognised for its efforts. Dry, hot and disease-free. Langhorne Creek makes lovely reds. Although sometimes they get used to blend into and bolster bigger brand wines. Whites are just finding their feet too. There are a handful of excellent quality producers to watch.
Originally called Sparkling Burgundy, Sparkling Shiraz comes from the late 1800s. The Victorian Champagne Company collaborated with the French winemaker Auguste D’Argent. Their Sparkling Burgundy was rose-coloured. Fellow Frenchmen Edmund Mazure worked in South Australia to make a rival. Based on Shiraz, his full-bodied example has provided the archetype that still lasts.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere. While the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.