Country: Australia Region: Barossa Valley
Vintage: 2018 Colour: Red Style: Dry
The thistle is an apt image for a producer that, for all its rugged exterior, makes wines that possess a delicacy, subtlety and beauty that constantly surprise. At home in the Adelaide Hills, Thistledown handcrafts small parcels of wine from vineyards chosen for their soul as well as soil. Thistledown wines look to reflect the terroir by picking for optimal balance rather than power and by winemaking that is, wherever possible, hands off.
The aromatic, perfumed aromas on the nose lead through to a delicate yet vibrant palate of spiced wild strawberry fruit, violets and cinnamon. Textured, enticing and delicious.
Wines always taste better when there is a good story behind it and She’s Electric is no exception. In the vineyard where the grapes are sourced from is an overhead power cable…It turns out that there had been a power cut and during the power outage, some birds had perched on the lines. As the electricity surged through the line again, a combustible bird fell to the ground and set light to the vineyard, destroying half of the original vines and in one fell swoop made a scarce resource even scarcer. The world’s first avian vine selection programme! Thankfully half of the vines survived and the fruit used is from the older part of the vineyard.