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The family Grenache block on Thiele Road in Bethany remains one of Jason’s favourite blocks. The first vintage of the Thiele Road Grenache was made by Jason Schwarz in 2002 and celebrates his love of this diverse variety. The gnarled, old vines were planted in 1941 and they produce fantastic fruit.
94 POINTS - Ned Goodwin MW - James Suckling, 2nd July, 2023
Pours an inviting shade of ruby. Aromatically dense though restrained with fresh and stewed raspberries, star anise and clove, and a poke of vanillin and raspberry tea. In the mouth, poised and crisp. Previous vintages have elicited comments of a Nebbiolo-esque tannic structure which is certainly showing here, firm but not at all dominating. Flavour-wise, gentle raspberry and cherry fruits wash through with cola, nicely integrated oak and the tiniest hint of turmeric and cardamom. Gentle yet persistent and well defined.
*tasting notes written by Felix Riley - founder of Felixir*
94 POINTS - Ned Goodwin MW
This is an intriguing, full-weighted wine of compelling dry extract and savory, forceful length. Far from the archetype, or at least what I had construed that to be in these parts. Smoky and ferruginous, with aromas of Islay peat from a wild ferment and old vine je ne sais quoi. A darker brood, lathered with clove, anise, brush smoke and iodine, over the usual red fruited paradigm.
93 POINTS - Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion, 22nd May 2023
Grenache from the Thiele Road vineyard in Bethany, wild-yeast ferment and some whole bunches. Light, bright magenta in the glass with characters of amaro-flecked red plum, raspberry and cranberry fruits framed by exotic spice, gingerbread, orange blossom, cola, earth and cherry clafoutis. There's a nice spacious feel to the palate, gamey and complex, too, with chalky tannin support and a brisk cadence. Finishes savoury and true.