Thistledown, Gorgeous Grenache Rosé, South Australia, 2022
Masters of Wine, Giles Cooke & Fergal Tynan, founded Thistledown Wines in 2010 after discovering iconic vineyard sites in the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.
They make hand-made, small batch wines that perfectly illustrate the benefits of great sites and intelligent, minimalist winemaking.
2 different old vine fruit sources, one trellised and one bush trained. one hand-picked, one machine picked.
Fruit was hand-picked before gentle de-stemming and crushing followed by 3.5 hours on skins to extract minimal colour. A cool fermentation followed which retained the aromatic, herbal notes and focused the crisp, textural palate. Maturation on lees for 2 months helped increased texture prior to bottling.
No oak ageing
This beautifully pale rosé has lovely aromatic wild strawberry and cranberry notes on the nose. The palate is tangy, dry and textural with creamy berry fruit and a deliciously moreish finish. Crafted from old vine Grenache, this racy rosé is a brilliant example of why we think Grenache is so Gorgeous.
Ideal as an aperitif or with freshly grilled fish.
12 x 75cl
Award: Huon Hooke 96 Points
Award: James Halliday 93 Points
Award: The Wine Advocate 93 Points
Award: James Suckling 93 Points
Award: James Halliday 94 Points
Award: The Wine Front 96 Points
Award: The Wine Advocate 95 Points
Award: The Wine Front 93 Points