Bleasdale ‘Langhorne Crossing’ Dry White

August 1, 2006

The Langhorne Crossing Dry White (2004 vintage) is a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Verdhelo from the Langhorne Creek region of Australia. I’ve always thought their Cabernet/Shiraz blend was a great value, so I was happy to find this one on the shelf at my local MLCC.

The nose didn’t show off a lot of character, with nothing more than some vague melon aromas. But in the mouth, it had a nice crisp edge with lots of pears (and more melons) and a very long finish. It was a little higher in alcohol than I expected (13.5%), but it didn’t taste hot. And it was perfect with the hot and humid weather we faced last weekend. If we’d had the courage to face spicy foods in the heat, I think it would be a good match with some curry.

Interestingly enough, the blend seems to change from vintage to vintage. This vintage had a touch of Riesling to it, which the last two didn’t have. According to the tasting notes on the Bleasdale website, the 2003 vintage was composed of Verdhelo, Chardonnay and Semillon, while 2002 brought a Verdhelo/Chardonnay blend.

So is this wine as good as the similar (and excellent) Rosemount Jigsaw dry white? Not really, but for $11.39 (almost $2.50 less than the Rosemount), it’s a good deal for a very nice crisp dry white wine. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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