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THISTLEDOWN WINES The Vagabond Grenache, McLaren Vale 2019

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96 points - NS 96 NS 95 points - NG 95 NG 94 points - GW 94 GW THISTLEDOWN WINES The Vagabond Grenache, McLaren Vale 2019 THISTLEDOWN WINES The Vagabond Grenache, McLaren Vale 2019

THISTLEDOWN WINES The Vagabond Grenache, McLaren Vale 2019

<h2>Thistledown Wines The Vagabond Grenache McLaren Vale</h2> <p>The Thistledown philosophy is that low yields and considered fruit selection makes for world class Grenache, and their The Vagabond Grenache makes this point with aplomb. So named for the team’s travels throughout Spain and the Rhône, this wine—made in the Blewitt Springs region of McLaren Vale—is medium bodied, gorgeously aromatic, and textural.</p> <p>Fruit for this wine comes from three dry bush trained vineyards, planted in deep sand with elements of ironstone. It is hand picked, with 68% wild fermented in a concrete pyramid with layers of whole bunch and crushed fruit. This is then pressed to concrete and oak puncheons for maturation. The remaining fruit is wild fermented in an open fermenter with 35% whole bunches and hand plunged twice a day. This portion is matured in puncheons.</p> <p>Complex and aromatic, The Vagabond is redolent with tones of violet and raspberry. On the palate, expect red berry freshness, stewed plum, and a touch of mint, with the subtle savouriness of cured meats.</p>
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Thistledown Wines The Vagabond Grenache McLaren Vale

The Thistledown philosophy is that low yields and considered fruit selection makes for world class Grenache, and their The Vagabond Grenache makes this point with aplomb. So named for the team’s travels throughout Spain and the Rhône, this wine—made in the Blewitt Springs region of McLaren Vale—is medium bodied, gorgeously aromatic, and textural.

Fruit for this wine comes from three dry bush trained vineyards, planted in deep sand with elements of ironstone. It is hand picked, with 68% wild fermented in a concrete pyramid with layers of whole bunch and crushed fruit. This is then pressed to concrete and oak puncheons for maturation. The remaining fruit is wild fermented in an open fermenter with 35% whole bunches and hand plunged twice a day. This portion is matured in puncheons.

Complex and aromatic, The Vagabond is redolent with tones of violet and raspberry. On the palate, expect red berry freshness, stewed plum, and a touch of mint, with the subtle savouriness of cured meats.

  • Style: Grenache
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Code: TTVG
  • Varietal: Grenache
  • Country: Australia

Region McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale wine region is located between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Gulf of St Vincent just South of Adelaide in South Australia. Historically it was John Reynell who established Chateau Reynella in 1838, and Thomas Hardy who purchased the historic Tintara in 1876, that kick started the development of the McLaren Vale wine industry. The climate is generally considered warm, although different aspects, altitude and the effect of the cooling ocean breezes moderate the climate within the different sub-regions of the Vale. A large number of soil types are present, although red-brown loams dominate. The biggest viticultural challenge is the potential for drought and the overall lack of water. Full bodied, robust and plush reds typify the McLaren Vale style. Plantings are dominated by Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, with smaller plantings of whites including Semillon, and Chardonnay. More recent plantings of Mediterranean varieties particularly suited to the climate, including Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Savagnin and Fiano have also been very successful.
ABN: 77 159 767 843. New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. No Alcohol can be sold or supplied to anyone under 18. It's against the law. License Number: LIQP770010303 Victoria: WARNING - Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, it is an offence: To supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years [Penalty exceeds $19,000]; For a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor [Penalty exceeds $800]. License Number: 32055289