2017

 

James Halliday

www.winecompanion.com.au

Thorny Devil Grenache, Barossa Valley 2017

‘Very impressive. Still has power at 14% alcohol, and a consequent clarity of flavor in a full red and blue spectrum. No cosmetics, nor Turkish Delight. Well made.’ Screwcap. To: 2027.

94 pts

 

Gary Walsh

www.winefront.com

Thorny Devil Grenache, Barossa Valley 2017

'Interesting to taste Barossa Grenache alongside McLaren Vale. Very different creatures. Poached strawberry, spice, bit of mint and herb, sappy, bright and finely etched tannin, raspberry succulence, saline and good on the finish, fresh mint and herby/ sour tang to close. Nice energy to the wine, I think.'

92 pts

 

 

2016

 

Huon Hooke

www.huonhooke.com

Thorny Devil Grenache, Barossa Valley, 2016

90pts

 

"Deep red/purple colour. The aromas are of dark fruits, plums, minty blackberries and a lick of spice. It's bright, bold and simple, the palate lean and sinewy, with lots of fine powdery tannins and good fruit concentration. Very nice grenache."

 

James Halliday

www.winecompanion.com.au

Thorny Devil Grenache 2016, Barossa Valley

94pts

 

"“Light, bright crimson; the inclusion of 9% grenache from McLaren Vale has worked very well, for there's a touch more structure and spine than many Barossa Valley grenaches at this price. The red fruits that are the heart and soul of this wine are delicious.”

 

Campbell Mattinson

www.winefront.com.au

Thorny Devil Grenache 2016, Barossa Valley

91pts

 

"Maybe the fruit flavour is a little sweet – we’re into black jellybean and raspberry territory here – but the inlay of spice and gentle infusion of clovey oak is really quite beguiling. Add a general earthiness, excellent flow, and a convincing finish and you have yourself a most attractive wine."

 

 

2015

 

Tony Keys

www.thekeyreport.com.au

The Thorny Devil Grenache 2015, Barossa Valley

93pts

 

"A plumper wine than the McLaren Vale grenache, it’s rounder on the journey with flavours not as defined. But I am nit-picking. The better review is from the post-tasting glass with snack: I enjoyed that very much and it accompanied a simple supermarket pâté very well"

 

James Halliday

Wine Companion 2017

Thorny Devil Old Vine Grenache 2015, Barossa Valley

93pts

 

"The mid-palate bursts with raspberried sweetness, pure and exuberant. Outriders of earth, crushed dry spices and licorice add both complexity and breadth. In the end, it cuts a fine figure"

 

International Wine Challenge 2017

The Thorny Devil Grenache 2015

Silver Medal

 

Wine Spectator, USA

MaryAnn Worobiec

The Thorny Devil Grenache 2015

90pts

"An elegant, juicy mix of raspberry, cherry and pomegranate flavors that are pure and bright, with details of fresh earth, pepper, citrus peel and spice. Drink now through 2026." 

 

Wines & Spirits Magazine, USA

Thorny Devil Grenache 2015, Barossa Valley

92pts

 

Gary Walsh

The Winefront

Thorny Devil Grenache 2015, Barossa Valley

93pts

www.winefront.com.au/thistledown-thorny-devil-old-vine-single-vineyard-grenache-2015/

 

"I can’t recall where the old vine single vineyard is, but let’s just assume it’s somewhere nice.

Spice with a distinct top note of shrubbery and stalk, some floral notes, juicy cherry and raspberry flavour. Medium bodied, attractive grainy tannin and balanced acidity keeps it all trim, and the finish is firm, long and punctuated with a pleasant twist of stalkiness. Certainly has some of that Pinot Noir of the Barossa about it, which is nice".

 

 

2014

 

The Wine Front

Gary Walsh

Thorny Devil Barossa Grenache 2014

92pts

www.winefront.com.au/thistledown-thorny-devil-old-vine-single-vineyard-grenache-2014/

 

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

The Thorny Devil Barossa Grenache 2014 

91pts

http://www.jamessuckling.com/wine-tasting-notes/thistledown-grenache-barossa-valley-thorny-devil-old-vine-single-vineyard/47627/

 

Jancis Robinson MW

The Thorny Devil Barossa Grenache 2014

17pts

http://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings/search?keywords=thistledown&query_field=title_t-country_t-region-t

 

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

The Thorny Devil Barossa Grenache 2014

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."

 

 

2013

 

The Wine Spectator

Thorny Devil Grenache 2013

90pts

http://www.winespectator.com/wine/detail/source/search/note_id/407719

 

Vivid and juicy, offering a mouthful of current, dried cherry and red raspberry flavors that are bold and bright, with a hint of orange peel and black tea on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 200 cases imported.

 

Wine Enthusiast USA

Joe Czerwinski

Thorny Devil Grenache 2013

92pts Editor's Choice

 

"This bottling is light on its feet for its 15% stated abv, showcasing fresh cherry fruit, gentle herbal notes and silky tannins. Drink now-2022"

 

The Wine Spectator

Thorny Devil Grenache 2013

90pts

http://www.winespectator.com/wine/detail/source/search/note_id/407719

 

Vivid and juicy, offering a mouthful of current, dried cherry and red raspberry flavors that are bold and bright, with a hint of orange peel and black tea on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 200 cases imported.

 

Wine & Spirit Magazine USA

The Thorny Devil Grenache, Barossa 2013

92pts

"Two MWs - Giles Cooke and Fergal Tynan - founded this Adelaide Hills winery n 2010, joining forces with winemaker Peter Leske of Revenir. This is their first vintage of the Thorny Devil, from an old-vine, dry-grown vineyard in Barossa, which they ferment as mostly whole berries without added yeast, then age in old oak barrels. It's a wine with serious structure, the tarry tannins carrying fresh cherry and cranberry flavors without any sense of excess alcohol. There's old-vine complexity in the finish, which lasts, clean and savory."

 

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW

Thorny Devil Grenache 2013

90pts

www.erobertparker.com

 

"Pale garnet with a hint of purple, the 2013 Thorny Devil Grenache offers a tantalizing nose of kirsch, red plum preserves and raspberry coulis with nuances of baking spices and lavender. Unashamedly full, rich and packed with red berry and spice flavors, it has lovely silky tannins and great freshness throughout the long finish"

 

Tim Atkin

Thorny Devil Grenache 2013

90pts

http://www.timatkin.com/reviews?1436

 

"Juicy, easy drinking Barossa Grenache that carries its alcohol lightly. The oak is well handled here on this wine overseen by Masters of Wine, Giles Cooke and Fergal Tynan. Raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, a touch of oak and ripe, satisfying finish. Try it chilled for maximum pleasure."

 

 

Sarah Ahmed

The Wine Detective January 2015

http://thewinedetective.co.uk/blog/australia/first-taste-thistledown-vagabond-thorny-devil-grenache-2013

 

" Following my great Grenache round up last October, Giles Cooke MW dropped me a line to suggest I take a look at Thistledown Grenache....though both share the variety's characterisitic high alcohol, it's worn lightly thanks to a remarkable freshness and levity which allows the details/terroir of each Grenache to shine.

 

Thistledown The Vagabond Grenache 2013

 

" Bright translucent cherry red with a floral, spicy nose and palate. Its crunchy sour red cherry/plum and earthier wild raspberry fruit is laced with sweet , lingering cinnamon and cedar spice, violets and almond -edged kirsch. With lovely animation and freshness from tip to toe there's no glycerol drag. A very good example of a medium bodied Greanche with fine detail"

 

Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache 2013

 

" This deep ruby red has bigger bones. Relatively ample red cherry and berry fruit flesh them out, as does gently creamy vanilla oak. If that was all, it would be well made but not especially interesting. Layers of savoury spice (liquorice), medicinal (coltsfoot), hardpan earth, a touch of frangipane even, rescue it from this fate, as does a firm finish with attractive freshness. Very good."

 

Gary Walsh

The Wine Front

The Thorny Devil Grenache 2013

91pts

http://www.winefront.com.au/thistledown-thorny-devil-old-vine-single-vineyard-grenache-2013/#.VQrOZY7kelY

 

"Poached strawberry, rapberry, mint and brown spices. It's silky and juicy, tempered by fine graphite tannin, even acidity and has a delicious succulence throughout. Has freshness and vitality, but most importantly, is really good to drink"

 

Huon Hooke

Thorny Devil Grenache 2013

90 pts 4 stars

http://huonhooke.com/

 

"Deepish red/purple: a bright, youthful colour. Meaty, charcuterie and dark cherry aromas plus a lick of spice tumble from the glass. In the mouth, its softly textured and medium-bodied and finishes with a touch of bitterness. A very pleasant wine, glycerol-textured and smooth, the bitterness would be easily mopped up by food".

 

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