Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache 6pk 2016

Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache 6pk 2016

Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache 6pk 2016
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Winery Details

    Thistledown is the vision of Master of Wine, Giles Cooke. Working with Grenache growers in unique sites across Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek, Giles makes elegant, fine, aromatic reds. Choosing to focus on the Grenache grape shows the belief Giles has in this special variety. Thistledown Grenaches are made in small quantities in the Adelaide Hills.

Press Review

    Gold Medal | Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017

    Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache 2016

    Although the alcohol is the same, this has more power, depth and drive than its Barossa Valley counterpart, which momentarily suggests higher alcohol. It's not, but it certainly needs more time, and will repay the patient in spades.

    Rating: 94 Points

    Source: James Halliday Wine Companion

    Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache 2016

    Blewitt Springs. McLaren Vale. Old Vine Grenache. It’s a thing. A good thing.

    It’s perfumed, it’s ferrous, it’s fleshy but not at the expense of a certain sinewy authority. This is an excellent grenache. Delicate in some ways and certainly light, but complex and earthen, almost ‘ethereal’. All it needs is another couple of years in a cool, dark place.

    Rating: 92+ Points

    Source: Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache 2016

    Deep purple/red colour and the bold, super-ripe fruit-driven aroma of liqueur prune and blackberry fruit pastilles. It's also bright and bold in the mouth, and quite elegant, with lovely sweet fruit richness. Very much a fruit wine, honest and pleasing, with fruit bonbon characters and soft texture. Delish.

    Rating: 92 Points

    Source: Huon Hooke

    Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache 2016

    14.5% alcohol. Single site, 80 year old dry grown vines on sandy soils. 35% whole bunches layered alternately between crushed fruit in concrete eggs, with no mechanical extraction at all. This is a lovely, vibrant expression of McLaren Vale Grenache, showing juicy raspberry and red cherry fruit, with some orange peel notes and faint hints of tar and rubber. Bright and with nice structure, melding in well to the fruit to create a really expressive, youthful and elegant wine. Pinot Noir of the south, Grenache, is responding well here to sympathetic winemaking, expressing the brightness of the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs. I’d love to see this in five years’ time.

    Rating: 93 Points

    Source: Jamie Goode's Wine Blog