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Thistledown the Cunning Plan 2019

Thistledown Cunning Plan Shiraz 2020


About this Wine


Introducing the Thistledown Cunning Plan Shiraz 2020, a masterpiece from the sunbathed vineyards of Australia. This Shiraz is a celebration of the 2020 vintage, a year that yielded grapes of exceptional quality and character, perfect for crafting a Shiraz that embodies the essence of Australian winemaking. Sourced from select vineyards known for their rich soils and ideal growing conditions, this wine is a reflection of Thistledown’s dedication to creating expressive and memorable wines.

Thistledown, renowned for its meticulous approach to winemaking, presents the Cunning Plan Shiraz as a testament to the varietal’s robustness and versatility. This wine is a result of a harmonious blend of traditional techniques and innovative practices, ensuring a Shiraz that is both authentic in flavor and modern in appeal.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz.
  • Vineyard Location: Sourced from premium vineyards known for their quality Shiraz grapes, each contributing unique characteristics due to variations in soil and microclimate.
  • Soil Type: A diverse range of soil types, from rich loams to ancient rocky terrains, contributing to the complexity and depth of the wine.
  • Climate: The 2020 vintage was characterized by favorable weather conditions, with an ideal balance of warm days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to develop intense flavors and good acid structure.
  • Harvesting: Handpicked at optimal maturity to ensure the highest quality and to capture the essence of the varietal.
  • Fermentation: Fermented using traditional methods, complemented by modern techniques to preserve the Shiraz’s natural fruit-driven character while maintaining its freshness.
  • Aging: Aged in a combination of new and seasoned oak barrels. The use of oak is carefully managed to impart depth and complexity while respecting the wine’s inherent fruit flavors.
  • Alcohol Content: Typically around 14-14.5%, balancing the wine’s robust flavor profile.
  • Tasting Profile: Exhibits a deep ruby color. The nose offers a rich array of dark cherries, blackberries, licorice, and smoky oak, complemented by warm spices. On the palate, it presents a luxurious array of dark fruit flavors, chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of oak. The texture is smooth, with velvety tannins and balanced acidity, leading to a long, satisfying finish.
  • Bottling: Bottled with minimal intervention to maintain the integrity of the Shiraz’s unique characteristics and terroir expression.

Tasting Notes

Upon pouring, the Thistledown Cunning Plan Shiraz 2020 reveals a deep, inviting ruby color, promising a rich and indulgent experience. The nose is immediately greeted with an enticing array of aromas: ripe blackberries and plums, elegantly intertwined with notes of licorice, warm spices, and a subtle hint of oak.

The palate experience is equally captivating. The Cunning Plan Shiraz unfolds a complex array of flavors – luscious dark fruits at the forefront, seamlessly blended with nuances of chocolate, vanilla, and a gentle peppery spice. The texture is velvety and full-bodied, with well-structured tannins that provide depth and a lasting finish. The wine’s natural acidity adds a delightful brightness, making each sip both refreshing and deeply satisfying.

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