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Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2020

Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2021

$16.99

About this Wine

Reviews:

Discover the allure of Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2021, a wine that beautifully captures the essence of Australia’s rich winemaking heritage. This Grenache stands out as a stellar representation of the 2021 vintage, known for its optimal growing conditions that allowed the grapes to reach their full expressive potential. Sourced from the finest vineyards, Thistledown has crafted a Grenache that is not just a drink but an experience – a testament to the varietal’s elegance and the unique terroir of Australia.

Thistledown, acclaimed for its artisanal approach to winemaking, presents the Gorgeous Grenache as a homage to the varietal’s versatility and character. This wine is a product of a commitment to quality and a passion for showcasing the intrinsic beauty of Grenache.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Grenache.
  • Vineyard Location: Sourced from select vineyards known for producing outstanding Grenache grapes, each vineyard contributing its unique profile due to variations in soil, aspect, and microclimate.
  • Soil Type: The vineyards boast diverse soil types, ranging from sandy loams to rich, fertile soils, adding to the complexity and depth of the wine.
  • Climate: The 2021 vintage was characterized by a harmonious climate with a balance of warm days and cool nights, ideal for Grenache grapes to ripen fully while retaining essential acidity and aromatic complexity.
  • Harvesting: Grapes are handpicked at optimal ripeness, focusing on achieving the perfect balance between natural sugars, acidity, and flavor profile.
  • Fermentation: The wine undergoes fermentation with a focus on preserving the natural fruit flavors and aromas of the Grenache grape. Techniques are employed to ensure a gentle extraction of color and tannins.
  • Aging: Aged in a mix of vessels, including oak barrels and stainless steel, to enhance complexity and texture without overpowering the wine’s varietal character.
  • Alcohol Content: Typically around 13.5-14.5%, balancing the wine’s structure and flavor intensity.
  • Tasting Profile: Features a bright ruby color. The aroma is a delightful blend of ripe strawberries, cherries, floral notes, and a touch of spice. On the palate, it offers flavors of raspberries and redcurrants, complemented by herbal nuances and a subtle earthy minerality. The texture is silky and vibrant, with fine tannins and a crisp acidity, leading to a long, harmonious finish.
  • Bottling: Bottled with minimal intervention to maintain the integrity of the Grenache’s unique characteristics and the expression of its terroir.

Tasting Notes

Pouring a glass of Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2021 reveals a wine with a captivating ruby glow. It greets the senses with an enchanting bouquet of ripe strawberries and cherries, interlaced with delicate floral notes and a hint of spicy undertones – a true hallmark of quality Grenache.

On the palate, the Gorgeous Grenache unfolds its magic. It boasts a delightful blend of red fruit flavors, reminiscent of raspberries and redcurrants, woven together with nuances of herbs and a subtle earthy minerality. The texture is both silky and vibrant, with finely woven tannins and a lively acidity that adds a refreshing crispness. This wine culminates in a finish that is both long and harmonious, leaving a lingering impression of its graceful complexity.

Scores & Reviews

92 pts Gary Walsh

90 pts Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion

Bright, tangy and easy. Black cherry, raspberry, orange zest and a grind of white pepper. Feels suave and mid weighted, rather than full. A versatile everyday drinker.

90 pts Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

Having spent some time with Giles this past week tasting component parcels of each of the Grenache cuvées that he makes for the Thistledown range, I look at this 2021 Gorgeous Grenache in a whole new light. Yes, it is made in a juicy, easy-drinking fashion. However, the fruit quality that goes into this wine (from both Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale) builds a wine of eminent balance in the mouth. This is lighter-framed and shaped by fine powdery tannins, yet laden with juicy fruit. Plenty to love—drink it early. 2022-2027

90 pts & TOP VALUE – Huon Hooke, The Real Review

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