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Thistledown Gorgeous Shiraz 2022


About this Wine


Introducing the Thistledown Gorgeous Shiraz 2022, a wine that encapsulates the best of Australian winemaking. This Shiraz stands as a testament to the exceptional 2022 vintage, known for its ideal growing conditions that nurtured the grapes to their fullest expression. Sourced from premium vineyards across Australia’s renowned Shiraz-growing regions, this wine is a celebration of the varietal’s inherent richness and complexity.

At Thistledown, we pride ourselves on crafting wines that not only reflect the terroir but also our passion for winemaking. Gorgeous Shiraz 2022 is a result of this commitment, offering a wine that is both a sensory delight and a true representation of Australian Shiraz excellence.

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 2022 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: Careful fermentation in stainless steel tanks, using techniques that enhance the Shiraz’s natural fruit-driven character while preserving its freshness.
  • Aging: Aged in a combination of new and seasoned oak barrels. The use of oak is 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: Features a deep ruby color. The nose offers a rich array of dark cherries, blackberries, vanilla, and warm spices, complemented by smoky oak. The palate is robust, with dark fruit flavors, chocolate, licorice, and a hint of pepper. The texture is smooth, with velvety tannins and balanced acidity, leading to a long, satisfying finish.
  • Bottling: Bottled with minimal intervention to capture the varietal purity and the unique expression of Australian Shiraz.

Tasting Notes

Pouring a glass of Thistledown Gorgeous Shiraz 2022 reveals a deep, enticing ruby hue, setting the stage for a rich tasting experience. The nose is a symphony of aromas: dark ripe cherries and blackberries meld seamlessly with subtle notes of vanilla, warm spices, and a hint of smoky oak – an ode to its maturation process.

On the palate, the Gorgeous Shiraz unfolds in layers of complexity. The profile is robust, featuring lush dark fruit flavors that are perfectly balanced with nuances of chocolate, licorice, and a mild peppery spice. The texture is sumptuous yet elegant, with velvety tannins that provide a structured mouthfeel. The wine’s natural acidity adds a refreshing lift, leading to a long, satisfying finish that leaves a lingering impression of the varietal’s trademark richness and depth.

Scores & Reviews

91 pts Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy’ July 2024
A bouncy, aromatic bottling of spiced plum and florals. The palate is lightweight with a tug of raspy tannins and plenty of succulent, satiny plummy fruit. A fridge stocker to knock back solo and slightly chilled or at room temp with a week-night meal.

90 points James Halliday April 2023
All Riverland fruit, with a heritage property supplying the shiraz. A dollop of old-vine zibibbo and a smidgeon of fiano were co-fermented, serving lift and perfume. This has some throaty warmth to it, yet the extraction regime was clearly whole-berry gentle, so easy is this to drink. Mindless, in the very best way. It avoids the bane of excessive reduction, ploughing cinnamon stick, clove, cardamon, bergamot and bing cherry lines across a drift of gentle tannic grip. Chilling this is imperative.

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