In a nutshell: Elegant and poised South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.
The lowdown: With its well judged power & pace, The Pugilist shows why Cabernet Sauvignon is the big hitter of all the grape varieties and in the Langhorne Creek area of South Austrailia it really comes into its own. Elegant & poised, yet rugged & strong, full of cassis, cigar smoke and mint, it is the epitome of the iron fist in the silken glove.
When to drink: Roast Beef is probably its ideal partner, but it's quite versatile and goes well with a whole range of other meaty dishes.
From their small-batch winery in the idyllic Adelaide Hills, just to the east of Adelaide itself, Giles Cooke and Fergal Tynan, both Masters of Wine, work with top quality fruit they've sourced from carefully vineyard sites. With the helping hand of Peter Leske they aim to make lithe, energetic wines that illustrate the benefits of great sites and intelligent, low-intervention winemaking.
Giles and Fergal share a particular passion for Grenache and, in ever more detail, Thistledown continue to unpick the rich patchwork of South Australian Grenache - reassembling it in their own inimitable style. This unique blend of superb fruit sources and experience in both the New and the Old Worlds helps craft wine of subtlety, texture and detail - wines perfectly suited to complement rather than overwhelm fine food.
The grapes they use come from top quality vineyard sites across South Australia in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills & Langhorne Creek. The fruit they use is on the way up rather than the way down so that they only need do as little as possible to it to get the best end results. And they certainly believe the small batch, hand-made wines they make are a little bit special.