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.

 

 

 

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."

 

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