Thistledown 'Advance Release Menglers Hill' Grenache 2019
James Halliday'97 points
Joel Mattschoss' Menglers Hill site is an outstanding, forward thinking vineyard and we've been more than impressed by the results so far. This unique release offers a hint of the cooler side of Thistledown's Barossa Grenache. 445 metres above sea level, this hillside vineyard is spectacular, consistently producing well balanced, concentrated fruit from its meagre soils. We retained 25% whole bunches. These were placed on the floor of a concrete egg and then gently crushed fruit placed on top. Spontaneous fermentation with no mechanical extraction. Left on skins for 3 days before being pressed and transferred to 300 litre French hogsheads, of which 30% were new A near perfect growing season resulted in beautifully balanced, intense yet aromatic and elegant wine.
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Critic Scores & reviews
James Halliday's Wine Companion97
"An amalgam of quartz, sandy loams and ironstone soils; young dry-grown vines, propitiously sited at 550m and articulated across a wild yeast fermentation, incorporating 22% whole-bunch. And versed winemaking nouse. Only 720 bottles made, this is exceptional. Up there with the very finest that this country crafts. Kirsch, sandalwood, pomegranate, wood smoke, clove and the rasp of real tannic mettle. This flows long, with an attractive brittle weave for savouriness and the next glass. The alcohol sits right for this late ripener."
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From our base in the idyllic Adelaide Hills, we work with pristine fruit sourced from iconic vineyard sites. Giles Cooke MW and Fergal Tynan MW, with the helping hand of Peter Leske, hand-make small-batch wines that illustrate the benefits of great sites and intelligent winemaking.
The unique blend of superb fruit sources and experience in both the New and the Old Worlds helps craft a wine of subtlety, texture and detail – wines perfectly suited to complement rather than overwhelm fine food.
We love hand-making delicious, joyful wines – all sourced from amazing vineyard sites in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills. It's no secret that our real love is Grenache! We make small-batch, hand-made wines from sites that we believe are special. We pick fruit on the way up rather than the way down so that we can do as little as possible to make the best wine. We're slowly gathering the very best selection of Grenache sites in Australia.