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Thistledown Thorny Devil Old Vine Grenache

Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache

Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache

Barossa Valley 2016

In 2016, the fruit for Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache came from a vineyard in the Ebenezer sub region in Barossa. Very sandy soils help reduce vigour and give a natural polish to the wines.

Vintage Conditions

Winter and Spring were dry and though total volume was near normal, there were few drenches. Spring was also dry with hot temperatures in October followed by a  milder November in which the fruit set well with good crops. Refreshing rains in late January prolonged the season more than it might have been but by early March the fruit was perfect for hand picking.

Winemaking

With Grenache, we are always looking to maximise fruit purity, texture and finesse rather than making a.n other rich red wine. While there is no denying that Grenache is more burly than Pinot, we always have the vision of making Pinot style wines within the, albeit, challenging framework of Grenache!

The Fruit was hand picked and 30% whole bunches retained in the ferment.. Fermentation began naturally and hand plunging twice a day was carried out through to dryness. Gently pressed off skins before 10 months in old oak hogsheads.

The resulting wine has the characteristic Barossa punch but there is a beguiling texture and perfume that keeps you interested. 

Tasting 

Packing the characteristic Barossa punch, this delicately hued red is otherwise very elegant with vibrant wild strawberry, spice and silky texture. 

Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans

For more information about our selection of wines from thistledown please visit https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/thistledown/

For more information about the winery please go to :  http://www.thistledownwines.com/

 

Producer: Colour: RedGrape: GrenacheRegion: South Australia, Barossa ValleyAlcohol: 12.5%Vintage: 2016SKU: THIST02-1

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South Australia

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.

Grenache

Originates from Spain (known as Garnacha). This grape generally produces soft, velvety, high alcohol wines with sweet, ripe blackberry flavour. Old-vine versions are prized in South Australia.

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