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Thistledown The Basket Case Old Vine Shiraz

Thistledown Basket Case Old Vine Shiraz

Thistledown Basket Case Old Vine Shiraz

Thistledown Basket Case Old Vine Shiraz
Barossa 2014

The Basket Case forms the bedrock of what we do at Thistledown. Ever since our first visits to the Barossa, more years ago than we’d choose to recall, we’ve been variously inspired and confounded by what is achievable in this iconic region. Inspired by the incredible soils and the way in which Shiraz, in particular, is able to express itself here, confounded by winemaking practices that can seem formulaic, reliant on alcohol and ripeness alone.

Vintage Conditions
Cool conditions and below average yields (shiraz down by 25% and Cabernet Sauvignon by as much as 40%) led to great varietal expression in whites and reds – with reds exuding brilliant colour. Overall, the quality of reds was exceptional. Harvest was up to a month early, with most whites picked by late February and early red varieties starting to come off in early February.

The region of Barossa is blessed with a multitude of soil structures and we like to work with fruit that displays the effects of the changing nature of the soil explicitly. Much is talked about the role of old vines and they are indeed a fabulous resource. However, they are not a guarantee of quality and in some years, having a trellised, judiciously irrigated middle aged vine may well provide wine of better balance than a dry grown old vine. We therefore like to work with a spread of trellised and bush vine vineyards, old and new, dry grown and irrigated. The consistent factor must be limited yields and balance.

The grapes are sourced from growers all over the region, with a leaning towards the northern end of the valley where we love the dark, crunchy fruit. We pick the fruit “on the way up” to total ripeness and then we give it a gentle cold soak before ferment and basket pressing. Ageing is done in 300 & 500 litre barrels, predominantly French and only ever about 25% new to allow the fruit rather than the oak to dominate.

Glossy, soft and perfumed with lush black fruits and a creamy, liquoricey palate. A wine that is multi-layered, textural and subtly fruited. Structured without being monolithic, tight, perfumed, effortlessly drinkable.

Alcohol 14.5%
Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans

Thistledown is now a five star winery rated by James Halliday. This makes it one of the leading producers in Australia.

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Producer: Colour: RedGrape: ShirazRegion: South Australia, Barossa ValleyAlcohol: 14%Vintage: 2014Grape Details: ShirazSKU: THIST01

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Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is one of the major regions in Australia, where many of the major wine companies are based. It is believed the first vineyards were planted in the 1840s by Silesian migrants (who settled in Bethany). There followed a rapid expansion of plantations. The early styles of wines produced were heavy dry red wines and fortified wines that were popular both domestically and in Britain. After the Second World War the styles shifted to lighter table wines with production of Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The Barossa Valley is home to some very well known names such as Seppelt, Wolf Blass and Penfolds as well as many smaller producers. The climate is Mediterranean with hot dry summers and cool wet winters, making it ideal for viticulture. The main wine styles: White – Semillon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Semillon-Chardonnay blend; Red – Shiraz (full bodied & ripe) with Old Vine Shiraz a speciality of many vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Shiraz-Grenache-Mataro blend, Cabernet-Merlot blend.


flourish in a range of climates. In the warm to hot climates you can expect extremely intense aromatic, rich, full bodied wines, with hugh fruit (almost sweet) and chocolately tasting. In the more moderate/cooler climates you’re more likely to find structured Shiraz wines with black cherry, pepper and spice characters rather than the chocolate and fruit styles found in warmer climates.

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