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Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache 2019

Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache 2021 – last bottle


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About this Wine


Introducing Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache 2021, a remarkable embodiment of Australian winemaking artistry. This wine captures the essence of its vintage – a year celebrated for producing Grenache grapes of exceptional quality in Australia’s renowned wine regions. Each bottle of Thorny Devil is a testament to the meticulous care and expertise applied from vineyard to bottle, ensuring a Grenache that resonates with the vibrancy and distinctiveness of its terroir.

Crafted with a passion for excellence, Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache is more than just a wine; it is a celebration of the Grenache varietal, known for its versatility and rich character. The 2021 vintage is particularly notable for its expressive flavors and well-balanced structure, making it a standout choice for both Grenache enthusiasts and those new to the varietal.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Grenache.
  • Vineyard Location: Sourced from select Grenache vineyards across Australia, known for their optimal soil and climatic conditions for this varietal.
  • Soil Type: The vineyards feature a range of soil types, contributing to the complexity and depth of the wine. These soils are typically well-draining and contribute to the concentration of flavor in the grapes.
  • Climate: The 2021 vintage had a climate conducive to growing Grenache, with a balance of warm days and cool nights allowing for even ripening and flavor development.
  • Harvesting: Grapes are handpicked at optimal ripeness to ensure the best balance of natural sugars, acidity, and tannins.
  • Fermentation: Fermented with a focus on extracting vibrant fruit flavors and a rich color while maintaining the varietal’s natural freshness and elegance.
  • Aging: Aged in a combination of old and new oak barrels to add complexity and subtlety without overpowering the wine’s inherent fruitiness.
  • Alcohol Content: Typically around 14-14.5%, perfectly balanced to complement the wine’s flavor profile.
  • Tasting Notes: This wine exhibits a bright ruby-red color with aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries, and an intriguing blend of sweet spices and earthy notes. On the palate, it presents a harmonious blend of red berry flavors accompanied by warm spices, herbal undertones, and a subtle mineral quality. The texture is smooth, with refined tannins and a balanced acidity, leading to a long, pleasing finish.
  • Bottling: Bottled with minimal filtration to preserve the wine’s character and purity.

Tasting Notes

As you pour a glass of Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache 2021, you’re immediately struck by its inviting ruby-red hue. On the nose, this wine offers an alluring mix of bright red fruit aromas, primarily ripe cherries and raspberries, elegantly intertwined with subtle undertones of sweet spices and a hint of earthy complexity.

The palate is greeted with a delightful fusion of flavors that mirror the nose – a burst of juicy red berries, complemented by nuances of warm spices, delicate herbs, and a gentle minerality. The wine’s texture is both smooth and lively, showcasing fine tannins and a well-judged acidity that contributes to its overall elegance and drinkability. The finish is long and satisfying, with a persistent fruity aftertaste that invites another sip.

Scores & Reviews

95 points Wine Advocate July 2022

Aromas of savory spice, hung deli meat and blood fill the senses, but it is in the mouth where the purity and succulence of the fruit is revealed. This 2021 Thorny Devil Grenache is long and savory, sweet and fine, built into a framework of pliable tannin and exotic spice. Balanced and exciting. 2022-2032

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