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Langhorne Creek: This One’s For Frank

By Thursday 11 May 2023June 15th, 2023No Comments

Bleasdale Wines – a golden oldie of Langhorne Creek – won the Multi Color Corporation Champion Wine of Show at the Langhorne Creek Wine Show with Bleasdale Frank Potts 2021.

The Cabernet blend also took home the Cooperages 1912 Best Blended Red Wine trophy.

Bleasdale backed this up with the Project Wine Pty Ltd Best Shiraz trophy for Generations Shiraz 2021.

Chair of judges Sue Bell was joined by Pablo Theodoros from the Stanley Bridge Tavern and Riley Harrison from Harrison Wines.

“The Langhorne Creek Wine Show was well organised, and the reds showed well, especially the 2021 vintage,” Sue said.

“Great colour, perfume and purity of fruit.”

This year also saw the inaugural awarding of a Chair of Judges Award which was received by Kimbolton Wines for their Kimbolton Montepulciano 2022, a varietal that sits very well in the Langhorne Creek stable.

This wine also took home the trophy for the Hewy’s Filtration Services Best Red or White Wine made from an Alternative or Other Variety.

Kimbolton continued to fill their trophy shelf by taking home the Orora Beverages-Stelvin Closures Best Cabernet Sauvignon trophy and topped it all off by winning the Belvidere Winery Award for Producer of the Year, presented to the winery with the highest total of judges’ points calculated from their three highest pointed wines from across the Sparkling, White or Rose and Red Wine classes of wine show.

Lake Breeze Wines won the coveted New Holland Agriculture Best Malbec trophy, backed up with the Daish Irrigation & Netafim Best Museum wine with Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.

The Peats Soil and Garden Supplies Award for Viticulturist of the Year was awarded to Mark Cleggett, recognising his contribution to the industry and the Langhorne Creek region.

The awards ceremony on Friday 12 May saw 200 grapegrowers, winemakers, trade, suppliers and winery staff gathered for lunch and a regional celebration of the end of the vintage at Lake Breeze.

The show judged a record 225 entries from 32 exhibiting wineries, with 137 medals awarded.

Associate judges were Merrick Watts, Brett Smith and Tyler Follett.


Best Sparkling Wine, White Wine or Rosé
Sponsored by Vinpac
No gold medals or trophy awarded
(Commendation award to Lake Breeze 2022 Rosato)

Best Blended Red Wine
Sponsored by Cooperages 1912
Bleasdale Frank Potts 2021

Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Sponsored by Orora Beverages – Stelvin Closures
Kimbolton The Rifleman Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Best Shiraz
Sponsored by Project Wine Pty Ltd
Bleasdale Generations Shiraz 2021

Best Malbec
Sponsored by New Holland Agriculture
Lake Breeze Malbec 2021

Best Red or White Wine Made from Alternative or Other Variety(s)
Sponsored by Hewy’s Filtration Services
Kimbolton Wines Montepulciano 2022

Best Museum or Fortified Wine
Sponsored by Daish Irrigation & Netafim
Lake Breeze Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Best Wine from a Multi-Regional Blend
Sponsored by Australian Frost Fans
No gold medals or trophy awarded
(Commendation award to Wolf Blass 2021 Gold Label Regional Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon)

Chair of Judges Award
Presented by Sue Bell
Kimbolton Montepulciano 2022

Champion Wine of the Show
Sponsored by Multi Color Corporation
Bleasdale Frank Potts 2021

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by Belvidere Winery
Kimbolton Wines

Viticulturist of the Year
Sponsored by Peats Soil and Garden Supplies
Mark Cleggett
(Glenavon Nurseries)

Further reading

After 168 Years, Bleasdale Wines from Langhorne Creek are as Relevant as Ever

Bleasdale Vineyards Has Seen a Challenge or Two in 170 Years

Bleasdale tweaks its levels to ‘ensure it remains relevant’ the world over

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