Made by two Masters of Wine, Giles Cooke and Fergal Tynan, this Barossa Grenache is imported into NZ by a third MW, Stephen Bennett. The style uses ripe, voluptuous Barossa fruit to make a Burgundy style wine, with small batches in open-top fermenters, hand-plunged and matured in old oak. Giles Cooke says he's looking for "vitality, energy, aromatics and texture" and we might add beauty to that list. A thrilling wine of perfume and power, it hides its 15% alcohol amazingly well, but the power is undeniable.
Almost liqueur-like in its intensity of cherry fruit and raspberry, hints of wild herbs, florals and spice.
Very rich and full bodied but not heavy in any way, the wine is really quite pretty, with fine tannins and spice calling to mind a bigger version of a Central Otago Pinot. Stylish and very versatile with food, the Thorny Devil will surprise and delight you through to 2021.