2017

 

James Halliday

www.winecompanion.com.au

The Vagabond Old Vine Grenache, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale 2017

‘From old bushvines at Blewitt Springs, matured in a concrete egg and French puncheons (10% new). Ah, take one look at the crystal clear crimson hue and you’ll know the wine comes from old vines in McLaren Vale. What is truly remarkable is the way the wine has soaked up the new French oak without raising a sweat. This is lovely.’ Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To: 2037.

96 pts

 

Gary Walsh

www.winefront.com.au

The Vagabond, Blewitt Springs Grenache 2017, McLaren Vale

94pts

 

''Old vines in Blewitt Springs. 200 dozen made.

A bit of liquorice, raspberry, thyme, a little spice. Juicy, expressive and lively, dry and grainy tannin, freshness, good length, perfumed dried herb finish, and a dry one at that too. Fine Grenache here.'

.

2016

 

Huon Hooke

www.huonhooke.com

Vagabond Grenache, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale 2016

93pts

 

"Deep purple/red colour and the bold, super-ripe fruit-driven aroma of liqueur prune and blackberry fruit pastilles. It's also bright and bold in the mouth, and quite elegant, with lovely sweet fruit richness. Very much a fruit wine, honest and pleasing, with fruit bonbon characters and soft texture. Delish."

 

James Halliday

www.winecompanion.com.au

Vagabond, Blewitt Springs Grenache 2016, McLaren Vale

94pts

 

"Although the alcohol is the same, this has more power, depth and drive than its Barossa Valley counterpart, which momentarily suggests higher alcohol. It's not, but it certainly needs more time, and will repay the patient in spades”.

 

Campbell Mattinson

www.winefront.com.au

Vagabond, Blewitt Springs Grenache 2016, McLaren Vale

92+pts

 

"Blewitt Springs. McLaren Vale. Old Vine Grenache. It’s a thing. A good thing.

It’s perfumed, it’s ferrous, it’s fleshy but not at the expense of a certain sinewy authority. This is an excellent grenache. Delicate in some ways and certainly light, but complex and earthen, almost ‘ethereal’. All it needs is another couple of years in a cool, dark place."

 

 

2015

 

Tony Keys

www.thekeyreport.com.au

The Vagabond Grenache 2015, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale

95pts

 

"Raspberries and other red berries come to mind on the nose and it’s pure velvet across the palate. More interesting flavours and perfume show themselves on the return journey. A very fine wine indeed"

 

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"

 

James Halliday

Wine Companion 2017

The Vagabond Grenache, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale 2015

92pts

 

"Red berried fruits, bright and lively, swoosh through the palate, engaging as they go. It's not complex but it's effective. Dry spice, florals and swirls of anise take the idea and run with it. It's not heavy but it's insistent."

 

Gary Walsh

The Winefront

Vagabond Grenache 2015, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale

92pts

http://www.winefront.com.au/thistledown-the-vagabond-grenache-2015/

 

"From a seventy something year old vineyard in Blewitt Springs.

Red liquorice, red berries and spice, a little rose oil. Plump lush red berry flavour, fine silty tannin, a nice whack of spice and a satisfying finish. Lots to grab onto here, and very easy to enjoy".

 

 

2014

 

The Wine Front

Gary Walsh

Vagabond Grenache 2014, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale

93pts

http://www.winefront.com.au/thistledown-the-vagabond-grenache-2014/

 

From a vineyard in Blewitt Springs, with a vine age of something like 70 years. Realised I should have reviewed these some time ago (promises, promises) and went on a mad hunt under the house for it. Some spiders (one dead, one alive), a few mozzies, and a bumpred head later...triumph!

Raspberry frogs, dried roses, aniseed and spice. Medium bodied, juicy and packed with red fruits, light glycerol texture and fine powdery tannin, clean cut of acidity, and a long silk finish strapped up with a little new leather. Succulent and lively at once. Tasty stuff.

 

Wine Selectors Magazine, Australia

The Vagabond Grenache, Blewitt Springs 2014

Gold Medal

"A deliciously luscious and supple wine, this Grenache opens with vibrant, dark cherry red and earthy dark berry fruit, bramble and complex floral  notes on the nose. The palate has juicy layers of plum and black cherry fruit with supple candied confectionary varietals. The tannins are super soft and velvety with mouth-watering acidity driving a long finish. An absolutely beautiful Grenache awarded Gold by all panel members.

 

James Suckling

The Vagabond, Blewitt Springs Grenache 2014

92pts

http://www.jamessuckling.com/wine-tasting-notes/thistledown-grenache-mclaren-vale-blewitt-springs/47626/

 

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW

E-Robert Parker

The Vagabond Grenache, McLaren Vale Grenache 2014

90pts

 

"Pale ruby/purple, the 2014 The Vagabond Grenache has an intense red currant, red cherry and black raspberry nose with nuances of anise and violets. Full-bodied, rich and expressive, the velvety palate is loaded with fruit and has a very long, spicy finish".

 

 

2013

 

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW

E-Robert Parker

The Vagabond Grenache, McLaren Vale 2013

89pts

 

"Pale ruby/purple, the 2013 The Vagabond Grenache opens to a pretty kirsch, rose petal and cinnamon stick and dusty earth nose. Full-bodied, soft and silky in the mouth, it has tons of spicy, red berry preserves flavors and a long finish"

 

Gary Walsh

The Wine Front

The Vagabond Grenache 2013

93pts

http://www.winefront.com.au/thistledown-the-vagabond-grenache-2013/#.VQqVH47kelZ

 

"aromatic and floral with a smell that puts me in mind of lemon iced tea, which thankfully is a drink I really love. Raspberry and strawberry, sweet spices, rubbed mint and maybe other things too, real or imagined. Medium bodied, fresh and shapely, with crunchy red fruits studded with spice, fne grained kitten's tongue tannin, and a slip of dried herb coming through on a pretty good finish. Effortless drinking".

 

James Halliday

Vagabond, McLaren Vale Grenache 2013

89pts

www.winecompanion.com.au/wineries/south-australia/south-australia/thistledown-wines

 

"From Blewitt Springs (70yo vines) and Seaview (40yo vines), each vineyard vinified separately, Blewitt Springs cold-soaked 5 days and open-fermented, matured in French hogsheads (20%new); Seaview similar except 5% whole bunches. A barrel selection after 5 months and blended, Blewitt Springs dominant. Light, bright crimson, the wine is built
around red fruits with a contrasting twist of acidity on the finish."

 

Huon Hooke

The Vagabond McLaren Vale Grenache 2013

89pts

http://huonhooke.com

 

"Medium red/purple colour. Dried herb, nettley aromas, savoury and non-fruity, with a note of Kiwi shoe-polish! It's medium-bodied at best, with a tight, firm palate structure, nice balance and good length. The high alcohol doesn't show"

 

 

Rose Murray Brown MW

The Scotsman

11th October 2014

 

"Australian show-stoppers a thing of the past"

 

The Vagabond Grenache 2013

 

"A more serious effort as you would expect from the price. A blend of McLaren Vale fruit: Seaview and bush vines from Blewitt Springs grown on limestone and ironstone. Violet perfume notes, deep dense mouthfilling fruit with an interesting savoury edge deriving from whole bunch fermentation, this is chunky but with a soft, silky finish. It should mellow even further in the bottle"

 

To read the full article on Thistledown, please click the link below

 

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/food-drink/features/wine-australian-show-stoppers-a-thing-of-the-past-1-3570179ew text box 

 

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."

 

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