2022 Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache

Highly Rated
A remarkable expression of old vine Grenache from McLaren Vale. Spectacular drinking.

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Thistledown is no stranger to Grenache - in fact, they've admitted they're obsessed with the variety, and they work wonders with it.

Their Vagabond Grenache is a deep, contemplative expression, seeing multiple different vinification methods - some parcels seeing whole bunch, some aged in concrete, some in oak, and some seeing time in concrete egg. The resultant wine is filled with floral aromas, the palate overflowing with black cherry, wild berries and a warming touch of spice. It's a polished wine, made with extreme finesse and superbly complex, yet it manages to maintain so much freshness and energy.

If you love a Grenache, you'd be crazy to look past this one. It's a spectacular wine to sit back and philosophise with.

96 points
"Blewitt Springs, an Australian grand cru equivalent... Long. A sandy scape of gorgeous tannins. World class."
- Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

From 4 separate, old, dry grown, bush trained vineyards in Blewitt Spring, planted in deep sands with some ironstone. All the fruit was hand picked with each vineyard vinified separately. One vineyard was wild fermented in a concrete pyramid which had layers of whole bunch and crushed fruit. This ferment had no mechanical extraction. The balance was wild fermented in an open fermenter with 35% whole bunches, hand plunged twice daily. This portion was aged in puncheons while the pyramid fermented was pressed back to a concrete egg and oak puncheons for maturation.

96 points - "Blewitt Springs, an Australian grand cru equivalent. Old bush vines, as is the wont. Wild fermented with a good portion of whole bunches, some in concrete pyramids sans agitation, before ageing in concrete and large neutral oak. Brilliant! Like a slinky, before release over the top step, as riffs on persimmon, Seville orange, rosehip, pomegranate and impeccably ripe cherry clafoutis unwind and expand with a rattle. Long. A sandy scape of gorgeous tannins. World class." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

94 points - "Cherry, strawberry, mint and menthol, orange peel. It’s medium-bodied, a juicy red fruit flavour strewn with herbs and spice, supple tannin, and a juicy red fruited finish of fine length and spicy perfume. Nice." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


Thistledown wines was founded by UK natives Fergal Tynan, and Giles Cooke, the two MWs met while they began their WSET studies and formed a fast and strong bond.

While they have vineyards and wineries across the globe, Thistledown holds a special place in their hearts, with many of Giles' first forays into MW wine travel happening around Australia.

With renowned local winemaker Peter Leske on hand year-round, Giles is still quite hands-on with Thistledown, ensuring to be downunder throughout the year at key points in the winemaking process.

Giles Cooke MW Thistledown

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