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.
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
The Thorny Devil Grenache, Barossa Valley
Delicious, crunchy red berry fruit, subtly perfumed with a juicy yet dense structure and a multi-layered finish.
The Vagabond Grenache, McLaren Vale
Lifted and expressive with savory forest fruits and hints of violet. Crisp yet smooth with a delicious fragrant finish.
The Cunning Plan Shiraz, langhorne creek
Deep crimson, rich plummy fruit with hints of black pepper, mulberry and mocha. Soft, integrated and velvety tannins.
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