thistledown

 

South Australia

 
 

At home in the Adelaide Hills, Thistledown makes super premium wines from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley and Langhorne Creek. An Englishman living in Scotland, an Irishman living in England and a German descendant working in Adelaide makes for the beginnings of a joke, but the coming together of Giles, Fergal and Peter has formed the foundations of a producer with high ambitions. Drawing on these strongly Celtic links, the thistle is an apt image for a producer that, for its rugged exterior, makes wines that possess a delicacy, subtlety and beauty that constantly surprise. Thistledown works directly with growers in the premium regions of South Australia to source fruit that has the potential to communicate its origins precisely.

http://www.thistledownwines.com/

 

The Great Escape Chardonnay Eden Valley

A pure, crisp, linear Chardonnay with focused, pithy citrus fruit. The palate is well rounded with a taut, lengthy finish

 

tech sheets

 

press

  • 2014 - 91 The Wine Front
  • 2014 - 90 James Suckling

The Thorny Devil Grenache, Barossa Valley

Delicious, crunchy red berry fruit, subtly perfumed with a juicy yet dense structure and a multi-layered finish.

 

tech sheets

 

press

  • 2015 - 92 Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2015 - 90 Wine Spectator
  • 2014 - 92 The Wine Anorak
  • 2014 - 91 James Suckling
  • 2013 - 90 Wine Advocate

The Vagabond Grenache, McLaren Vale

Lifted and expressive with savory forest fruits and hints of violet. Crisp yet smooth with a delicious fragrant finish.

 

tech sheets

 

press

  • 2013 - 93 The Wine Front
  • 2014 - 92 James Suckling
  • 2014 - 90 Wine Advocate
  • 2016 - 93 Huon Hooke
  • 2016 - 92+ The Wine Front
 

The Cunning Plan Shiraz, langhorne creek

Deep crimson, rich plummy fruit with hints of black pepper, mulberry and mocha. Soft, integrated and velvety tannins.

 

tech sheets

 

press

  • 2013 - 90 Wine Spectator
  • 2014 - 92 James Suckling
  • 2015 - 90 Wine & Spirits

The Basket Case Shiraz Barossa Valley

Inky black fruits with great freshness and vitality. Pure, subtle cassis overlaid with a subtle seasoning of spicy oak. Multilayered and intense

 

tech sheets

 

press

  • 2012 - 91 James Halliday
  • 2013 - 93 Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013 - 91 James Suckling
  • 2013 - 91 James Halliday
  • 2014 - 92 Wine & Spirits Magazine