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Thistledown Thorny Devil Old Vine Grenache 2014

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Thistledown Thorny Devil Old Vine Grenache 2014

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The Wine Front - Gary Walsh - 92pts - ... A more spicy, savoury expression of Grenache, and while it does have some pretty florals, it's more earthen and red fruited rather than confected. Medium bodied, almost delicate, with a gentle rasp of tannin, even acidity, and a long spicy finish. It's right in the zone for drinking now. Heaps of charm and drinking appeal.


Jancis Robinson MW - 17pts - Pale cherry red. Light, sweet, delicate nose - really quite perfumed - and also very delicate on the palate. This certainly doesn't taste anything like a 15 per cent-er. Very beautiful texture and freshness. Entertaining fruit and very succulent. No jamminess. Bravo! Really super charming with raspberry fruit and just a hint of something medicinal to give it interest. Maybe Barossa has something to teach Chateauneuf?




Jamie Goode - 92 pts -  "From the southern edge of the valley, this is highly aromatic with floral red cherry fruit and a lush, liqueur-like raspberry fruit quality. Supple and smooth in the mouth with bright frsh red cherry fruit. This is a bit Pinot-like, but has a grippy, spicy edge. Such a pretty expression of Grenache."


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Naming a wine for a lizard, I think, could be a good case for adding one point to the score (I didn’t). Around our place, we have these lovely Eastern Water Dragons roaming around our decks, chasing things full pelt though the gardens, nosing up against the glass, and sometimes coming inside the house. They get up on their back legs and run helter skelter at you. I’m not sure who screams more when this happens. It puts me in mind of the scene in Withnail and I where Marwood is trapped with a randy bull – “He wants to get down there and have sex with those cows.”



The Wine Front - Gary Walsh - 92pts 
Interesting tasting, and looking at, this wine alongside its McLaren Vale chum (The Vagabond). Quite the contrast, not least in colour, where this wine has a browning tinge, whereas the McLaren Vale wine is lively cherry red.


A more spicy, savoury expression of Grenache, and while it does have some pretty florals, it's more earthen and red fruited rather than confected. Medium bodied, almost delicate, with a gentle rasp of tannin, even acidity, and a long spicy finish. It's right in the zone for drinking now. Heaps of charm and drinking appeal.


James Suckling - 91pts




Jancis Robinson MW - 17pts
Pale cherry red. Light, sweet, delicate nose - really quite perfumed - and also very delicate on the palate. This certainly doesn't taste anything like a 15 per cent-er. Very beautiful texture and freshness. Entertaining fruit and very succulent. No jamminess. Bravo! Really super charming with raspberry fruit and just a hint of something medicinal to give it interest. Maybe Barossa has something to teach Chateauneuf?




 


Jamie Goode - 92 pts - www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/
 "From the southern edge of the valley, this is highly aromatic with floral red cherry fruit and a lush, liqueur-like raspberry fruit quality. Supple and smooth in the mouth with bright frsh red cherry fruit. This is a bit Pinot-like, but has a grippy, spicy edge. Such a pretty expression of Grenache."


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