Sunday, May 3, 2009

*** $$ 2003 Bleasdale Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek, Australia

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Original Review, September, 2007:

This is a combination of 51% shiraz and 49% cabernet sauvignon, from the Potts Family vineyards in Langhorne Creek, Australia.

In the glass, it shows as mid/dark red. The aroma is hot of raspberry and alcohol, with a touch of concord grape and hint of woody spice. On the palate, dark plum fills the front, with a somewhat inky, silky ride into the corners of the mouth. The finish is accentuated by a lightly acidic tang. Not quite old world, not quite new. Not a big wine, not shy. I’d try again. Three stars out of five.

By comparison, Robert Parker awarded 89 points and said, “Bleasdale produces some of the most reliable as well as fairly priced wines from Langhorne Creek that are good choices for both neophytes and connoisseurs. Aged in neutral American and French hogsheads (500 liters), the 2003 Shiraz/Cabernet (51% and 49% respectively) possesses an opaque ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of herb-tinged black currant fruit, high-class cigar smoke, dried herbs, weedy sweet currants, and spice. Its layered mouthfeel and silky texture suggest it can be drunk now and over the next 3-4 years."

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Updated Review, May, 2009: A year and a half later... Aroma is more subdued now, classic Aussie shiraz, not particularly big. Nice, complex, layered middle palate with spices and ripe currant fruit. Finish still brings the acids into the corners of your mouth. Makes it best with food. Still a solid three-star offering.

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