2023 Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Blanc

Thistledown |Riverland |Grenache Blanc
A beautifully textured, suave and very rare expression of South Australian Grenache Blanc.
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While still a bit rare in Australia, we’ve been seeing more and more releases of single-varietal Grenache Blanc wines emerging from South Australia.

Such a lovely mid-weight white when done right, and Thistledown have certainly hit the mark here. So much seductive flavour going on; it’s bright, with tangy citrus laced fruit alongside hints of honeysuckle and lemon balm. Taut, yet textured and complex, the wine is joyous and full of fun.

Definitively new-world, there is a real freshness here, with no sign of the flabbiness that is sometimes negatively associated with this variety.

Grenache is Australia's signature grape variety and we're slightly obsessed with it. The white version is still rare in Australia but capable of beautifully textured, citrus laced wines of great drinkability.

Fruit was sourced from an organic McLaren Vale site and from a pioneering planting in the Riverland. Whole bunch pressing and oxidative handling before a wild ferment in both concrete egg and used French barrels. No MLF and maturation on lees for 4 months helped increase texture prior to bottling.

Region: McLaren Vale & Riverland, SA
Blend: Grenache Blanc (100%)
ABV: 13.50%
Closure: 750ml
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93 points - "The faintly grey/brassy hue is that of the variety. An uncommon wine in Australia, but not so in southern France. The wine can be clunky, but not here." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

89 points - "Quite a bit of banana skin ester stuff as at now, slight grassiness, pear and peach, some floral notes. It’s a juicy and gently textural affair, green banana with a squirt of lemon, a bit waxy too, with a lemon peel and pear skin finish of decent length. Nice wine. Flavoursome, and good with a solid chill on it." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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    Memories of France

    Crisp salty light citrus almonds ….. this wine takes me back to late summer nights sitting on the pavement in Paris watching the world go by …. But would be just a good under an umbrella at the beach …. One to guzzle this summer

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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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