Lisa Perotti-Brown MW
The Vagabond Grenache, McLaren Vale 2013
"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"
The Wine Front
The Vagabond Grenache 2013
"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".
Vagabond, McLaren Vale Grenache 2013
"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."
The Vagabond McLaren Vale Grenache 2013
"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
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"
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The Wine Detective January 2015
" 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."