Thistledown, The Basket Case, Old Vine, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2012

March 30, 2019



Thistledown, The Basket Case, Old Vine, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2012, South Australia - £19.49


Tasting date - 20/03/2019



Appearance - Deep ruby


Nose intensity - Pronounced


Primary aroma - Fresh blackcurrant, black cherry, blueberry, plum


Secondary aroma - Hints of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla


Tertiary aroma - Raisin, earth, leather



Sweetness - Dry


Acidity - Medium plus


Tannin and nature - High and ripe and slightly firm


Alcohol - High


Body - Full



Intensity - Pronounced


Primary flavours - Blackcherry


Secondary flavours - Chocolate, coffee


Tertiary flavours - Leather, game, meat, savoury, earth



Finish - Long


Quality - Outstanding



Tasting Logic


BLIC will get you to Outstanding quality relatively easily but the location and variety may prove slightly more difficult. Even though the wine displays high alcohol and a full body with black fruit notes there is a distinct lack of jaminess both on the nose and the palate with the wine displaying more earthy notes he palate and would be described as restrained or elegant. I would expect students to guess that this was maybe from a warmer top quality appellation such at Cornas.


The tertiary notes are evidence of the wine being capable to age and the primary inensity shows it should age much further 3-5 years comfortably.

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