Who makes it?
Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz is a go to red fizz for many Australians. As it has been since 1997, its first vintage. Bleasdale is the Potts family wine estate in Langhorne Creek, South Australia and dates back to 1850. As you may find in Langhorne Creek, the estate has access to a wide range of grape varieties planted in the region apart from the usual ones. So here you will find Petit Verdot, Malbec and Dolcetto too.
How do they make it?
This red fizz is mostly Shiraz with an addition of Malbec too. It is made using the Charmat method. This involves placing the base wine into a pressure controlled tank with the additional sugar and yeast. The second ferment occurs in this tanks and the carbon dioxide is captured there to be bottled with the wine.
The base wine is a blend over the years as it is matured in a solera type system where as the base wine is taken out of the barrels, it is topped back up with wine from the current vintage.
What does it taste like?
The Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz is rich and fruity. There is enough sweet ripeness to balance the time in oak and it is a smooth fizz. Vibrant plum and blackberry with lashings of spice. It is fuller bodied in style and has succulent tannins that will make the wine seem drier than it is.
What to drink it with?
These Australian sparkling red wines are a great match for meat dishes such as beef with black bean sauce or bbq pork ribs. They are also great to enjoy with bacon and egg rolls. Or even a rich dried fruit cake. Be inventive here.
Alternatively, forget a food match and just enjoy it hedonistically by itself.
Stilton would be good with some chutney. And even better with some Pain d’éspices.
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Country of Origin: Langhorne Creek, Australia
Tasting Date: January 2024
Price: AU$24 | £13
Drink: now – 3+ years
Needs food: no
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