Country: Australia Appellation: South Australia
Vintage: 2020 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Ever since historic Scots, James Busby and John MacArthur founded the Australian wine industry in the early 19th century, the relationship between Scotland and Australia has been an enduring one.
Guardians of a long history, Thistledown Wine Co. continues the tradition of Scottish ingenuity and great Australian wine. From their small-batch winery in the idyllic Adelaide Hills, they work with pristine fruit sourced from iconic vineyard sites.
2020 vintage conditions in were perfect in many ways. A warm , dry early season gave way to a mild, sometimes cool, February and March which allowed for ripening at a very relaxed pace. Small yields across all regions concentrated the fruit flavours while the dry conditions led to low disease pressures. Sadly, the season will also be remembered for the devastating bushfires that preceded it and the unprecedented global Covid pandemic that struck right in the middle of vintage. A remarkable season in many ways and one that we hope will be remembered for all the right reasons when you taste the wines.
Viticulture: Sourced from a number of old vineyards in the Riverland and McLaren Vale, some of which are dry grown bush vines. Winemaking All vineyards are vinified in small batches, separately. Wild ferments, whole bunch inclusion, larger oak and no filtration or fining help define the delicious, energetic character of the wine
Aromatic and lifted on the nose with a beautifully layered, textural palate with wild strawberry and spice. Aromatic, deceptively light but with beautiful wild fruit, and slurpy, supple tannins.
Ideal as an aperitif or with grilled lamb.