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Product code: 3484

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

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

Producer Profile

Ever since historic Scots, James Busby and John MacArthur founded the Australian wine industry in the early 19th century, the relationship between Scotland and Australia has been an enduring one.

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
% wine 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.

Awards

The Wine Front 91 Points
This is from McLaren Flat, raised in old French oak. I watched one of the fist episodes of Black Adder the other week, and always interesting / ageing to see shows filmed in the old box screen format. Blackberry, beef jerky, a little mint and spice. It’s medium to full-bodied, savoury and quite spicy, thick with black fruit and smudgy tannin, some dried herb and a solid dry and savoury finish. You can sink your teeth into this, though it’s not hard to swallow. GW, 91 Points
James Suckling 92 Points
Ripe red berries and blackberries, flowers and hints of citrus rind pervade the nose with a fresh core of quite plush dark-berry and chocolate flavors. Ripe blackberries and spice to close. JS, 92 Points, June 2019.

Technical Details
Varieties:
Shiraz 100%
ABV:
14.5%

Closure:
Screw cap

Colour:
Red

Style:
Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl