Bleasdale Generations Malbec 2020 Review
- Trophy for Best Other Varietal Red, and Top Gold medal - 2021 Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
- Trophy for Best Other Red Variety and Gold Medal - 2022 Winewise Championship.
"Typical intense malbec colour. From 2 estate blocks, 1 specialist grower block. 10% whole-berry fermentation, with cold soak, 7–9 days on skins; matured for 12 months in French puncheons (10% new). Winemaker Paul Hotker has this wine on a string, dancing to his every command. This has the gravitas of a great red wine that just happens to be made from malbec; its mouth-watering intensity of forest blackberries, cloves and black olive drawn out on the finish by ripe tannins."
96 points & Speacial Vale Award. James Halliday.
Included in Halliday's 2023 Top Rated: Cabernet and Family.
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Founded in 1850, Bleasdale was the first winery established in Langhorne Creek and after 170 years of continuous winemaking it’s still the region's best. Until the 1960s, the heritage listed winery focussed on fortifieds, but their first table wine, produced in 1961, was a malbec. The estate is still run by direct descendants of the Potts family, their range of over 30 wines now includes red, white, sparkling, fortified and in a sign of the times, most recently a rosé
Winemaker Paul Hotker is a bit of a superstar, albeit a modest one. His wines have won too many awards, trophies and gold medals for me to list. One of his wines won the highly coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy at the 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards and the 2016 vintage of this wine was awarded the prestigious Max Schubert Trophy for most outstanding wine at the 2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
Paul’s talents were recognised when he was awarded Winemaker of the Year 2018 by James Halliday, who describes him as “the master of Malbec in Australia.”