Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz Langhorne Creek 2015 | From Paul Hotker – Australia Winemaker of the Year
The Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz Langhorne Creek 2015 created by Paul Hotker is an expressive, medium to full-bodied wine showing intense lifted dark berry fruits and spice. The palate is vibrant with dense blackberry and fresh plum flavors complemented by licorice and pepper spice.
95 points | James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 | “Destemmed, 15% whole berries, open-fermented, 12 days on skins, matured in French oak (15% new) for 12 months. A masterful play between luscious Langhorne Creek fruit and a spicy, savory finish. A medium-bodied shiraz that holds interest from the first sip to the finish and aftertaste of the last sip. It’s a needle stuck in the groove to comment on the dizzying value for money. Screwcap. 14% Alc. Rating 95. Drink to 2030
From the Winery: Our Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz Langhorne Creek 2015 pays homage to Frank Potts’ system of locks and weirs, constructed in the 1850’s and 60’s along the River Bremer, to capture winter floodwaters and irrigate vines. This long-standing and robust system for controlling floodwater occasionally comes into use when rainfall is high and the river flows breach the established floodbank.
About Paul Hotker – the Winemaker of the Year
“The ultimate viticulturist. That’s what Australia’s greatest critic, James Halliday, called Bleasdale winemaker Paul Hotker after naming him 2017-2018 Winemaker of the Year. The award caps an unprecedented hot streak dating to 2007 when Hotker arrived at Bleasdale. Since then, he has turned out 11 wines rated 95 points or above. The latest, Hotker’s Bleasdale Vineyards Bremerview Shiraz Langhorne Creek 2015, earned 95 points from Halliday, as well as a gold medal from Australia’s most prestigious wine competition, the National Wine Show. Halliday could barely contain himself, hailing “a masterful play between luscious Langhorne Creek fruit and a spicy, savory finish.” Hotker’s “extraordinary skill” is on full display here, but what may be more incredible still, is that he made it all happen for under-$20. Halliday hit the nail on the head when he called the 2015 Bremerview a “dizzying value.”
What sets Paul Hotker apart from the crowd isn’t just his incredibly keen palate, or his unerring drive to make better and better wines, it’s his vision. Hotker is at the forefront of a new movement in Australian wine centered around freshness, fruit, and vibrancy; elegance over brute strength.
About Beasdale – the Winery
At Bleasdale, Hotker is in his element. Just north of Lake Alexandrina in South Australia, Langhorne Creek is one of the country’s few cool-climate appellations. Tempered by the chilly winds off the lake, Langhorne Creek is ideally suited to growing the vibrant, high-acid fruit that Hotker seeks. Particularly in 2015, mild temperatures coupled with drought conditions lead to an incredible harvest. Shiraz berries black as night, highly concentrated, and wonderfully balanced, with natural acidity maintained by cool, Langhorne Creek nights.
Established in 1850 by Frank Potts, Bleasdale is Australia’s second-oldest family-run winery. Day-to-day operations remain in the hands of Potts’ descendants — currently fifth and sixth-generation. Potts chose wisely when he felled the towering red gum trees of Langhorne Creek to make way for his vines. 150 years later, his estate is leading the way in Australia, propelled by magnificent bottlings like the Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz.