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 

 

 

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £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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