Senior Winemaker Paul Hotker, Winemaker Matt Laube
Bleasdale wines express the distinct regional and varietal character. Modern classics with respect for tradition and an eye to the future. Our attentive, but minimal, approach retain aromatics and preserves fruit integrity. Bleasdale wines express aromatic intensity, generous fruit and complex flavours with freshness and vibrancy to enjoy in any setting. The vision of Bleasdale wines has been brought to light by Paul Hotker, our Senior Winemaker, and Matt Laube, our Winemaker. Paul was named James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year for 2018, and Paul and his team are achieving excellent results both nationally and internationally.
The harnessing of the natural flooding of the Bremer River by early grape growers makes the Langhorne Creek region quite unique. Having purchased 100 acres of land in 1850, Frank Potts developed a system of levees and floodgates to capture and divert a metre of water and nutrient-rich silt across the entire vineyard. In the past, the vigour in growth caused by this natural abundance of water sometimes presented challenges, but it is now managed by modern viticultural practices. Conditions for grape growing in Langhorne Creek are ideal thanks to the natural fertility of the floodplain soils, the ability of these soils to retain moisture and the moderation of the local climate by cooling evening breezes from nearby Lake Alexandrina and the Southern Ocean in summer.
Bleasdale was founded in 1850 by the extraordinary Frank Potts. He was ingenious, innovative, and had a knack for building things. He built a home, workshop, winery, water pumps, floodgates, a lever press, and a dynasty. Today, 5th and 6th generation Potts family members still play an important role within the winery, a legacy of the vision of Frank Potts; truly one of the pioneers of the Australian wine industry.