Thistledown Where Eagles Dare Shiraz 2022
As with many of our single vineyard wines, it is the place, rather than anything from our past, that inspires the story of the label. Joel Mattschoss’ hauntingly beautiful vineyard was formerly the site of a gold mine and its challenging terrain would encourage only the bravest souls to take it on for viticulture. Perched high above the Barossa, the Eden Valley can be a precarious but highly rewarding place in which to grow grapes. This single vineyard, at 550m above sea level is home to the majestic wedgetail eagle, the soils composed of pink quartz and ironstone, provide a formidable substrate in which the vines takes a tenuous hold. Many is the morning where your only companion, when walking the vineyard, is a wedgetail eagle and so the name, coined by the famous film, came to be. Intense, tightly coiled and vital, this wine is like a great orator. Every component measured and well timed, the tone lifts and falls, all the while building emotion and resonance. Tension and excitement builds and leads through to a memorable finish. Oh, and it tastes amazing!
97 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
95 pts The Real Review
94 pts Halliday Wine Companion
94 pts James Suckling
93 pts Vinous / Wine Pilot
92 pts The Wine Front
Our fruit is sourced from one low yielding block in Joel Mattschoss’ Mengler’s Hill vineyard. The fruit is hand-picked and transferred to the winery. 20% of the total weight is placed in whole bunches in a concrete egg while the balance is crushed and placed on top. A spontaneous fermentation with no physical extraction aims to capture the rugged beauty of the vineyard while preserving the energy and vitality that are the hallmarks of our style. A brief post fermentation maceration is followed by pressing to French oak of which approximately 20% is new. 12 months later the wine is bottled, unfined and unfiltered. Only 1002 Bottles Produced.
2022 vintage followed in much the same vein as the much-lauded 2021. A little later than normal but the season was characterized 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 characterized by balanced, aromatic fruit profiles, lovely energy and silky tannins which give a capacity for both youthful exuberance and ageing.