Thistledown Wine Co
Authentic Australian Wines with a Celtic Twist
The Thistledown Wine Company was formed in
2006 and is led by Peter Leske, Giles Cooke MW and Fergal Tynan
Bringing together all of our core projects under one roof,
Thistledown Wine Company is a broad church, and the aim is to make
wine of great purity, precision and energy. We're not here to
impress with size, weight, alcohol or oak. As our name suggests,
our wines may appear robust on the surface but we seek deep
flavours and complexity that can be peeled back, layer by layer.
The Thistledown Wine Company consists of One Chain Vineyards,
where we work closely with growers in Langhorne Creek, Clare and
the Barossa Valley, and the wines demonstrate the synergies of the
best grape varieties grown in the right places, and Thistledown,
producing hand-crafted, small batch
Grenache, Chardonnay & Shiraz.
Working with Growers
Drawing on this experience, we work alongside growers and
wineries to craft a range of seriously individual wines that are a
true reflection of the people that made them and the land on which
they were grown. We're not looking for the mass produced or the
banal - we seek out fruit, land, people and ideas that inspire us
and, in turn, inspire you.
Giles Cooke MW
Giles has travelled the world buying wine and creating engaging
new products. But something has always drawn him back to Australia,
where much of his early travel in the wine trade was done. Having
met Fergal over a beer on the evening before the Master of Wine 1st
year course, there was a certain inevitability that they would, one
day, make wine together.
Fergal Tynan MW
Having kissed the blarney stone at an early age, Fergal's
trajectory through wine has been hard and fast with extensive
travel throughout Europe, South America and Australia. Like Giles,
regular, long exposures to Australian wine have led to an enduring
love for the wines, people and regions that, in the end, lured him
into the actual making of it. Fergal became an MW in 2004.
Peter is a well known face in Australian wine, having had a high
profile career working for the likes of Nepenthe, Grosset and
Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. In 2012, Pete bought back the old
Nepenthe winery in Lenswood, Adelaide Hills and re-named it
Revenir. Well equipped with all the toys needed to make brilliant
small batch wine, this is the home for Thistledown and where Pete
is based full time.
A brilliant winemaker, capable of juggling all manner of issues
at harvest time and an all-round good egg, Pete is fundamental to
the quality of what we make at Thistledown.