Thistledown She’s Electric Grenache 2020
The aromatic, perfumed aromas on the nose lead through to a delicate yet vibrant palate of spiced wild strawberry fruit, violets and cinnamon. Energetic and almost crisp on the palate. A touch leaner profile than some might expect, but nervy and focused, with laser like precision and length. Textured, enticing and delicious.
95 points – Halliday Wine Companion
93 points – The Real Review
This comes from a dry grown, 70 year old bush vine vineyard in the Seaview district of McLaren Vale, overlooking the Onkaparinga gorge. Farmed using organic principles, the wide spacing, small vines and extensive cover crops give this vineyard a distinctly natural feel. The low yielding vines (1.5 ton/ acre) with good, open canopies, allowed for perfectly ripe fruit to be hand-picked with bright fruit and crisp natural acidity. 50% of the fruit is destemmed and very lightly crushed while leaving the rest as whole bunches. Gentle treading of the grapes resulted in a natural fermentation and during this process, the fruit was hand plunged twice daily. Once pressed off, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel before an 8 month stay in older, 300 & 500 litre French oak barrels. Finally, the wine was bottled without any fining or filtration. A mere 1044 bottles produced.