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2003 Bleasdale Reserve Shiraz (750ml)
Producer: Bleasdale Vineyards bleasdale.com.au
Appellation: Langhorne Creek - South Australia - Australia (DOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Shiraz
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$25.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: February 2, 2006 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
88 points "Rich and supple, a generous mouthful of cherry and subtle spice flavors, picking up a nice cedary note as the fruit lingers on the slightly hot finish. Drink now through 2009. 600 cases made. (HS)" Best 2008-2009
rated: February 2, 2007 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
90 points "Saturated ruby. High-toned and oaky on the nose, with sweet blackcurrant and blueberry aromas accented by vanilla, cigar box and full-blown flowers. Smoky and sweet on the palate, the ripe dark berry flavors showing good depth and weight. Nicely focused, fresh and firmly structured. There's a nice balance here between ripe fruit and suave tannins, boding well for cellaring"
rated: February 2, 2008 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
93 points ""Bleasdale produces some of the most reliable as well as fairly priced wines from Langhorne Creek that are good choices for both neophytes and connoisseurs. My favorite wine in this portfolio is the 2003 Shiraz Reserve. A 100% Shiraz aged in a combination of new and used 300 liter American hogsheads, this full-bodied, rich cuvee reveals aromas of asphalt, pepper, chocolate, blackberries, and cassis. While full-throttle, chewy, and heady, it is not over-the-top (only 13.9% alcohol), possessing decent acidity as well as a spicy finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years." " Best 2008-2012
rated: March 14, 2009 , Steve Cagle
92 points "Color: Dark red, almost black. Nose: beautiful cherry, blackberry, flowers?. A deep candied cherry flavor followed by an earthy spiciness. Very full bodied. Chewy. Very well balanced. Tannis are definitely there but clearly have smoothed. Exceptional wine. "