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Thistledown, Cunning Plan Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia, 2018

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Technical Details

  • Blend: Shiraz 100%

  • ABV: 14.5%

  • Closure: Screw cap

  • Colour: Red

  • Style: Still wine

  • Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes

  • Suitable for Vegans: Yes

  • Organic: No

  • Biodynamic: No

Producer Profile

Guardians of a long history, Thistledown Wine Co. continues the tradition of Scottish ingenuity and great Australian wine. From their small-batch winery in the idyllic Adelaide Hills, they work with pristine fruit sourced from iconic vineyard sites. Giles Cooke MW and Fergal Tynan MW, with the helping hand of Peter Leske, craft lithe, energetic wines that illustrate the benefits of great sites and intelligent, low-intervention winemaking. Giles and Fergal share a particular passion for Grenache and, in ever more detail, Thistledown continue to unpick the rich patchwork of South Australian Grenache – reassembling it in their own inimitable style. This unique blend of superb fruit sources and experience in both the New and the Old Worlds helps craft wine of subtlety, texture and detail – wines perfectly suited to complement rather than overwhelm fine food.

Viticulture

The flood plains between the Angas and Bremer rivers have long been home to some of South Australia's best fruit and it is the cream of the Langhorne Creek crop that are used to craft The Cunning Plan. The region tends towards later ripening than the Barossa or McLaren Vale and this allows them to use perfectly ripe fruit at lower sugar levels which results in wines with better alcohol balance.

Winemaking

Winemaking is simple with The Cunning Plan. Take perfectly balanced, just ripe fruit, pick, gently crush to preserve whole berries and allow to soak for 4 days to extract colour, aroma and fruit prior to the alcoholic fermentation which extracts more pronounced tannins. Following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine is pressed off to 300 litre used French barrels where it matures for 10 months prior to bottling. The resulting wine is bursting with fruit, wonderful purity and that characteristic Langhorne Creek plush, earthy quality. Delicious.

Oak Treatment

Time: 10 Months; Type: French 300 Litre; % oaked: 100; % new oak: None;

Tasting Note

Great depth of ripe plum and blackberry fruit flavours. A full bodied wine with a succulent palate, lively spices and fine velvety tannins.

Food Matching

Heart stews, Asian hotpots, cold meat cuts.

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Our Green Principals are those that demonstrate a responsible and sustainable approach to viticulture, vinification, commerce and community.
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Rational producers demonstrate that they use the least amount of intervention in the vineyard and winery to make the best possible wine.
Thistledown try to harvest a little earlier in order to retain natural freshness and balance, reducing the need for additions and intervention. Buying only from sustainable, premium vineyards, they work with producers committed to reducing intervention and increasing sustainability, where possible, favouring dry grown sites. Minimal intervention in the winery is encouraged. In McLaren Vale, Thistledown works with growers involved in the sustainable viticulture programme.
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Fair producers demonstrate a fair and even-handed approach in all aspects of how they conduct business.
Thistledown ensures that all growers are paid a fair price to enable them to maintain their vineyards and invest in progressive vineyard management practices.

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