THISTLEDOWN, THE QUICKENING SHIRAZ, EDEN & EBENEZER, BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, 2018
A deliciously vibrant style of Barossa Shiraz with succulent raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, hints of spice and elegant, glossy texture.
Crispy aromatic duck, roast rib of beef.
The Wine Front 93 Points
Blackberry, raspberry, brown sauce and spices, a little mint, almost rosy perfume. A medium-bodied affair showing a light touch in the winery, a certain succulence with a savoury dried herb edge, plush fat tannin, sage and perfume on a good long finish. Very nicely done. GW, 93 Points.
James Suckling 92 Points
Intense, rich red-plum and raspberry aromas with gently flinty, stony notes. The palate has a smooth array of fine, fresh and vibrant tannins that carry plenty of red-plum and raspberry flavor. JS, 92 Points, June 2019.
Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2020 93 Points
86% Barossa Valley shiraz, 14% Blewitt Springs grenache, not a common blend, but it works, the grenache acting to soften the somewhat rugged shiraz. The end result is a medium to full-bodied red, which will undoubtedly repay cellaring. JH, 93 Points, August 2019.
Ever since historic Scots, James Busby and John MacArthur founded the Australian wine industry in the early 19th century, the relationship between Scotland and Australia has been an enduring one.
Guardians of a long history, Thistledown Wine Co. continues the tradition of Scottish ingenuity and great Australian wine. From their small-batch winery in the idyllic Adelaide Hills, they work with pristine fruit sourced from iconic vineyard sites. Giles Cooke MW and Fergal Tynan MW, with the helping hand of Peter Leske, craft lithe, energetic wines that illustrate the benefits of great sites and intelligent, low-intervention winemaking. Giles and Fergal share a particular passion for Grenache and, in ever more detail, Thistledown continue to unpick the rich patchwork of South Australian Grenache – reassembling it in their own inimitable style. This unique blend of superb fruit sources and experience in both the New and the Old Worlds helps craft wine of subtlety, texture and detail – wines perfectly suited to complement rather than overwhelm fine food. In one of the most geologically diverse regions in the world, Grenache thrives but has not always been valued – until now.
Joel Mattschoss' Eden Valley vineyard provides the majority of the fruit. This spectacular vineyard is planted on some of the most difficult, meagre soils of any we have seen. Littered with boulders composed of ironstone and pink quartz, it is a truly challenging site. Vineyards are trellised, cordon trained and spur pruned. The 3 component parts of this wine are made in a similarly low intervention manner. Hand picking, a percentage of whole bunches and wild ferments all play their role in ensuring that this wine is full of energy and life.
The 3 component parts of this wine are made in a similarly low intervention manner. Hand picking, a percentage of whole bunches and wild ferments all play their role in ensuring that this wine is full of energy and life.
Time: 6 Months
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
Closure: Screw cap
Style: Still wine
Case Size: 6 x 75cl
4.1 Star Vivino Rating