Thistledown “The Charming Man” Old Vine Grenache 2019

“The Charming Man” Old Vine Grenache

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Bernard Smart og hans familie har passet en vinmark i 100 år. Grenache plantet lige efter første verdenskrig gror som små buske med bittesmå druer pakket med vanvittig smag. 2018 var en gylden årgang, varm og tør med perfekt modenhed. Dybmørk silkefrugt møder skønne aromaer af brombær, kirsebær, stjerneanis og udpræget mineralitet.
 
Thistledown er ikke bare endnu et vinhus. Det er som at finde ud af, at to mekanikere har gået i en garage og puslet med en bil, der kan køre fra Ferrari. Med andre ord (kunst)håndværk i den helt vilde mesterklasse. Håndplukket og håndlavet af de allerbedste druer, vildgæret i hele klaser og uden industrielle tilsætninger. To Masters of Wine, Giles og Fergal, står for driften og de styrer benhårdt efter friskhed, terroir og good old Aussie juiciness. Vinene er ikke i hverdagsprislejet, men stadig regulære kup i deres liga.

97 points James Suckling
This is sourced from the Smart Vineyard, up on the ridge at Clarendon and has a very singular, powerful expression of raspberry and red-plum aromas, as well as some bracken and forest-wood notes. Very pure. The palate has a succulent feel with acidity that enlivens the rich, powerful, red-berry flavors. The tannins round the flanks, providing a crescendo feel to the long, fresh and upbeat finish. Drink or hold.

96 points James Halliday
Sourced from a high-canopied plot of centurion bush vines, deep rooted and resilient. Hand harvested, fermented wild and plunged regularly in an open-top vessel, with 20% whole bunches. Pressed off to 300L oak (25% new). More muscular than its svelte Blewitt brethren. The fruit, warmer: kirsch, orange peel, tangerine and black cherry. Floral. More overt and impactful. Mineral force, over sandy and ethereal detail. But it makes me no less giddy!

95 points The Wine Front
From the Smart vineyard up in Clarendon. How many Grenache based wines can these lunatics at Thistledown make in any given year? Anyway, Johnny Marr produced one of the best, and most enduring guitar parts ever written for the song of the same name, made all the better because it was played on a Fender Telecaster. How’s the purity? Crisp and clear red fruit, mint and liquorice root perfume, a dusting of exotic spice. It’s light and fresh, rings like a well struck triangle, fine emery board tannin, cool and calm, vanilla and juicy raspberry on a long and precise finish. Fine wine, no doubt.

93 points The Real Review
Medium red/purple colour. Spicy aromas, attractive and elegantly crafted, with balance and approachability on the palate. Light to medium-weight, but good intensity, attractive flavour and style. A very appealing wine that already drinks very well despite its youth. (930 bottles made. Grown by the Smart family. 20% whole-bunches fermented.

93 points Gourmet Traveller Wine
Fermented with 20% whole bunches, the wine is elegantly stated and of light to medium weight, but very good intensity. Attractively spicy aromas and flavours, and already drinking well despite its youth.

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James Suckling
96
James Halliday
95
The Wine Front
93
The Real Review
93
Gourmet Traveller Wine

Yderligere information

Content

75

Alcohol

14.5

District

South Australia

County

Mclaren Vale

År

2019

Land

Australien

Producent

Thistledown

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