2014 Bleasdale "Frank Potts" Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek (Elsewhere $30+)

SKU #1324792 96 points James Halliday

 61% cabernet sauvignon, 18% malbec, 9% merlot, 8% petit verdot, 4% cabernet franc, gold medal National Wine Show '15. 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.

91 points Vinous

 Full ruby. Smoky blackberry, cherry pit, pipe tobacco, candied rose and cedary oak on the strongly perfumed nose. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering intense dark fruit and spicecake flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Shows an appealing blend of power and vivacity, offering juicy dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors and a hint of succulent herbs. Dusty tannins build slowly on a long, sweet finish that echoes the dark berry and floral notes. (JR)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

91 Wine Front: "Put a glass of this under the nose of any Big Red Wine lover and they’ll be hooked. Reeks of cassis, tobacco pouch, berry compote, choc-berry and green herbs-mint-eucalyptus. Rich and flavoursome to taste. A sluice of dark berries, coffee-mocha tannins, well woven sweet oak, cool mint highlights. Soft, and then finishes with a flourish of spice and salty acidity. Easy to like in its generous ilk. A Langhorne Creek mash-up of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Langhorne Creek