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Thistledown Vagabond Grenache 2019

Thistledown Vagabond Grenache 2021


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About this Wine


Thistledown Vagabond Grenache 2021, a gem from Australia’s renowned wine regions, is a celebration of the Grenache varietal’s vibrant and nuanced character. The 2021 vintage, noted for its favorable climatic conditions, has yielded grapes that encapsulate the essence of the varietal with remarkable clarity and depth.

Crafted with an artisanal touch, Thistledown Vagabond Grenache is more than just a wine; it’s a reflection of a commitment to showcasing the true beauty of Grenache. Each bottle carries with it the promise of a wine that combines the traditional charm of the varietal with a modern flair, creating a tasting experience that is both familiar and refreshingly new.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Grenache.
  • Region: Sourced from select vineyards in Australia, known for their conducive environments for cultivating high-quality Grenache grapes.
  • Soil Type: The vineyards feature a range of soil types, each imparting unique characteristics to the grapes, from mineral notes to subtle earthy undertones.
  • Climate: The 2021 growing season was marked by a balance of warm, sunny days and cool nights, ideal for developing the nuanced flavors and aromas in Grenache grapes.
  • Harvesting: Handpicked to ensure the highest quality of fruit selection, focusing on optimal ripeness to capture the Grenache’s signature vibrancy.
  • Vinification: Fermented with a focus on preserving the varietal’s natural fruit flavors and aromas. The winemaking process is tailored to enhance the Grenache’s characteristic profile, balancing fruit, acidity, and tannins.
  • Aging: Aged in a combination of vessels to retain the fresh fruit character while adding complexity. The use of oak is judicious, ensuring it complements rather than overwhelms the wine.
  • Alcohol Content: Approximately 13.5-14.5%, striking a balance between approachability and structure.
  • Tasting Profile: Exhibits a bright ruby color. The nose offers an enticing blend of ripe red berries, sweet spices, and floral notes, with a hint of earthiness. On the palate, it presents flavors of strawberries and raspberries, harmonized with herbal nuances and a mineral streak. The wine is medium-bodied with silky tannins and a smooth texture, leading to a long, elegant finish.
  • Bottling: Bottled with minimal intervention to maintain the integrity and purity of the Grenache’s flavor profile.

Tasting Notes

Pour a glass of Thistledown Vagabond Grenache 2021 and be greeted by its vibrant ruby hue, a prelude to the sensory delight that awaits. On the nose, this wine exudes an enticing bouquet of ripe red berries, laced with subtle notes of sweet spice, delicate florals, and a hint of earthy undertones, beckoning a deeper exploration.

The palate is a harmonious blend of elegance and intensity. Savor the rich flavors of juicy strawberries and raspberries, beautifully interwoven with nuances of herbs and a touch of minerality. The wine’s texture is silky and smooth, with fine-grained tannins that provide structure without overpowering the delicate fruitiness. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving behind a lingering impression of refined complexity and grace.

Scores & Reviews

95+ points – The Wine Advocate
95 points – The Wine Front
95 points – The Real Review
95 points – James Halliday

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