Bleasdale Double Take Langhorne Creek Malbec 2012
Slowly, but surely, Bleasdale are reinventing themselves as one of our top Malbec producers. Few people seem to have noticed yet – besides some outraged Argentinians when this wine beat some of Argentina’s finest at the recent Six Nations wine competition – but it’s happening.
More power to them I say.
With wines like this leading the Bleasdale charge I can see why Paul Hotker and team are excited by Langhorne Malbec too – this is really bloody good…
A blend of Bleasdale’s best Malbec barrels, this positively glows purple in the glass – purple berries a go-go. Purple fruit juiciness too, the nose all berry ripe fruit, plus a welcome spicy herbal character too. Impressive. Underneath, the full-tilt palate is firm, laden with more purple berry fruits and chunky, the texture silken and the flow of flavour irrepressible. It’s a warm vintage, warm alcohol wine, with just a hint of overripeness, but still the freshness and vitality is not lost – it’s perhaps not perfectly balanced (acid and alcohol are a bit too bold for that) but the weight of flavour doesn’t overwhelm given its a big wine.
Ultimately this has a silky ‘rightness’ that suggests Bleasdale should keep on the Malbec train. So much promise.
Oh and did I mention the packaging? Best in class. Looks every bit of the $65 pricetag. The bottle is un-pc heavy, but it just adds to the quality impression.
Details: 14%, Screwcap, $65
Tasted: March 2015 (sample bottle)
Best drinking: 2017-2030
Score: 18/20, 93/100+
Would I buy it? Not quite. I’d drink a glass though.
Buy online: Bleasdale website