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Product code: 2943

Thistledown, Thorny Devil Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia, 2020

Thistledown, Thorny Devil Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia, 2020

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.

Viticulture

In 2014, the vineyard the fruit came from performed out of its skin and it was while in the vineyard that they came across a little lizardy fellow called a Thorny Devil. They liked the name and the fruit produced beautiful wine and so decided that it was high enough quality to be bottled on its own. The fruit for Thorny Devil came from a variety of some of the finest vineyards in McLaren Vale. Old bush trained vines and sandy, mineral strewn vineyards ensure that this is amongst the most delicious of Grenaches.

Winemaking

With Grenache, they are always looking to maximise fruit purity, texture and finesse rather than making just another rich red wine. While there is no denying that Grenache is more burly than Pinot, they always have the vision of making Pinot style wines within the, albeit, challenging framework of Grenache! The fruit was hand picked from a variety of sites, all of which were vinified separately with up to 30% whole bunches retained in the ferment. Fermentation began naturally and hand plunging twice a day was carried out through to dryness. Gently pressed off skins before 10 months in old oak hogsheads.

Oak Ageing

Time: 10 Months
Type: second and third use barrels (225 and 300 litre)
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 10

Tasting Note

In 2020, the fruit for Thorny Devil came from a variety of some of the finest vineyards in McLaren Vale. Old bush trained vines and sandy, mineral strewn vineyards ensure that this is amongst our most delicious Grenaches.Characteristic McLaren Vale perfume and spice with a beguiling texture and perfume that keeps you interested.

Food Matching

A beautiful match for game meats, North African lamb and charcuterie.

Awards

The Real Review 91 Points
Medium, intense ruby in the glass. A subdued nose of black fruits and dusty earth. The palate is heading into the full spectrum with plush black fruits and dark slate minerals. Firm and gripping tannins balance the weight and give good length. A touch raw currently but time will bring it together quickly. 91 Points, SK, 2020
James Suckling 93 Points
An attractively concentrated grenache with aromas of pomegranate and red berries, as well as berry pastry. Vibrant and concentrated on the palate, this delivers juicy textural spring and a good build of flavor and tannin. Drink over the next six years. Screw cap. 93 Points, NS, 2021.
The Wine Anorak 93 Points
This is from old vines and a mix of different parcels. Textured with lovely sweet fruit and real balance. Fine, pure and layered: ripe and seamless. 93/100, JG, Sept 2021
Jancis Robinson 16+ Points
Minerally, mildly medicinal and cool-tasting! Some very light tannin on the end but not too drying. A little more concentrated than the typical new-wave Garnacha. GV. 16.5 Points, JR, April 2022.

Technical Details
Varieties:
Grenache 94%
Mataro 6%
Vegetarian Vegan
ABV:
14.5%

Closure:
Screw cap

Colour:
Red

Style:
Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl