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Thistledown Gorgeous Shiraz 2022

Country: Australia
Winery: Thistledown
Varietal: Shiraz (Syrah)
UPC Code: 850037778058
Tasting Notes:
Not your average Shiraz! On the nose there are peaches, ripe nectarine, wild raspberry and a little spice. The palate is soft and slurpy, the texture silky and any tannins just add a little seasoning – like macerated strawberries and black pepper. Turning a previously undervalued resource into something that is hugely enjoyable and ultimately gorgeous.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Awards, Reviews, And Other Notes:

91 points Wine Enthusiast and BEST BUY designation

90 points James Halliday

Winemaker Notes:

Excited by the response we got with our Gorgeous Grenache, we’ve taken a similarly left-field approach to Shiraz by taking old vines and co-fermenting with a little Zibibbo to make a delicious, but very different Shiraz.

A small proportion of Zibibbo, otherwise known as Muscat, was cofermented using wild yeasts. A short ageing in old French oak followed by bottling young to preserve the hugely aromatic, textural deliciousness that we sought from the outset.

The Shiraz was all picked from one old vineyard in the Riverland, a property that had been growing grapes since the early soldier settlements.

2022 vintage followed in much the same vein as the much lauded 2021, though for the Riverland, yields were down because of a massive hail event in November 2021. Once past that hurdle, the season was characterised by regular moderate rainfall, friendly temperatures and an elongated ripening period which allowed for an even spread of fruit over the harvesting period. The wines are characterised by balanced, aromatic fruit profiles, crisp acids and a capacity for both youthful exuberance and ageing.