2005 Cabernet Sauvignon “Mulberry Tree”, Bleasdale, Langhorne Creek, Australia
A White Velvet Pillow with a Crease
Bright ruby red in the glass with powerful aromas of black currants and blackberries. Lean, yet full-bodied on the palate with well-integrated tannins and a long aftertaste.
“The Langhorne Creek wine-growing region situated southeast of Adelaide is gaining more and more attention from red wine connoisseurs. Alluvial soil extends along both sides of the Bremer river on which the Cabernet Sauvignon grape thrives splendidly.
Just as in the vineyards of the Bleasdale Winery, steeped in tradition. Owner and oenologist Michael Potts, graduate of Roseworthy, the famed centre for Oenology, took advantage of the good conditions to vinificate a high-quality red that is elating experts. Australia’s wine guru, James Halliday, noted appreciatively that this red, like all Bleasdale wines, offers outstanding quality for value. And he indicated this ‘seductive softness which is the distinctive mark of the Langhorne Creek region’.
And the well-known American critic, Robert Parker, judged that Michael Potts is making ‘one of the most reliable wines that Langhorne Creek has to offer’. Parker awarded the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon a lofty 89 points as ‘above average to very good’. It’s no wonder then that the fifth continent’s big wine companies took notice and made Michael attractive buyout offers. But the friendly winemaker waved them off: ‘We are a family operation with tradition. And it should stay that way.’” (Wine merchant Jacques Wein-Depot)