Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache 2019

Tasting Notes

This wine possesses a beautifully complex, aromatic nose of violets, wild cherry, rosemary and warming spice. The palate is energetic yet polished and smooth with vibrant cherry, spice, wild strawberry and licorice on the palate. Medium bodied but multilayered and textural with a very long, aromatic finish.


Winery: Thistledown
Varietal: Grenache
SKU: THIVAGGRE2019 Categories: , ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Thistledown Vagabond Grenache 2019



96 pts James Suckling May 2020

This showcases the power of Blewitt Springs in a very boldly stated, fruit-driven expression of grenache with real purpose. The aromas are of redcurrants, raspberries, pomegranate and blood oranges and lead to a palate with a phenomenal drive of acidity and tannin. Such intense and defined style here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

95 points – James Halliday Wine Companion

94 points – Nick Butler, The Real Review

94 points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

93 points – Wines & Spirits Magazine

93 points – Wine Spectator

91 points – The Wine Advocate

SILVER McLaren Vale Wine Show 2020

Winemaker Notes

From old, dry grown, bush trained vineyards in the revered Blewitt Springs district of McLaren Vale, planted in deep sands with some ironstone. The fruit was all hand-picked and 68% was then wild fermented in a concrete pyramid which had layers of whole bunches and alternating layers of crushed fruit. This ferment had no mechanical extraction. The balance was wild fermented in an open fermenter with 35% whole bunches, and was hand plunged twice daily. This portion was aged in puncheons while the pyramid fermented was pressed back to a concrete egg and oak puncheons for maturation. The resulting layers of complexity and depth of flavor are exactly what was aimed for. Racked from there into blending tank and then straight to bottle, unfined and unfiltered.

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