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Thistledown Fool on the Hill Grenache

Thistledown Fool on the Hill Single Vineyard Grenache 2022

Mattschoss Vineyard, Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia

Producer: Thistledown Wine Company

The Fool on the Hill is sourced from two tiny plots of essentially dry grown bush-vine Grenache, planted by Joel Mattschoss, high in the Eden Valley on soils that require a vine to struggle. It’s a spectacular plot with an unusually bright future, though the impenetrable soils, lack of adequate water and exposure would have led all but the bravest to question the sense of the project. 

One of the highest Grenache vineyards in South Australia at 550m, the meagre soils are strewn with pink quartz and ironstone. 3 clonal selections of Grenache have been planted in bush-vine form with only a little water to establish them. Still young by our standards, these small vines yield fruit with high intensity. 
The signature Thistledown lifted aromatics are present but the palate offers more sinew and spice than those from McLaren Vale. Textural, almost chewy but polished dark cherry, mineral and warm spices carry through to a finish of incredible length. 

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Press & Reviews

  • 94 points - The Real Review
  • 93 points - Halliday Wine Companion

          Grape Variety: Grenache

          Colour: Red

          ABV: 14.5%