Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Thistledown Where Eagles Dare Shiraz

Our first allocation of this very limited wine!
We scored only 6-12 bottles of each

2019 Thistledown Where Eagles Dare Shiraz...$69.99
Only 820 bottles made - that is less than 70 cases
Hints of crushed stone and dried herbs accent the blueberry-scented nose of the 2019 Where Eagles Dare Shiraz. Sourced from a vineyard at 550 meters above sea level, it's a large-scaled wine but one without much in the way of puppy fat. Medium to full-bodied, structured and sinewy, with a generous helping of silky tannins and a lingering, intense finish marked by savory overtones of mocha, anise and dried herbs, it should age well for more than a decade.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 The Wine Front
Rated 94/100 Vinous Media

2020 Thistledown Where Eagles Dare Shiraz...$69.99
Only 975 bottles made - only 81 cases made
The fruit for the 2020 Where Eagles Dare Shiraz is from the Matchoss Vineyard in the Eden Valley. One assumes the title refers to the great elevation at which this vineyard is situated; 550 meters above sea level is a commanding perch. The dirt up there is pink quartz pressed into ironstone, and it's compacted into all the dirt roads you care to drive down. It's a beautiful thing, actually. Aromatically, the wine offers up sumac, biltong and mulberries with a graphite, crushed lead-pencil character. The wine is minerally and layered with black tea, spring flowers, red apple skins and a raft of forest berries. Really smart, and a decant is going to open this up untold.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

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