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Thistledown, Advance Release, Grenache, Moritz Road, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 2018

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Technical Details

  • Blend: Grenache 100%

  • ABV: 14.5%

  • Closure: Screw cap

  • Colour: Red

  • Style: Still wine

  • Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes

  • Suitable for Vegans: Yes

  • Organic: No

  • Biodynamic: No

Producer Profile

Guardians of a long history, Thistledown Wine Co. continues the tradition of Scottish ingenuity and great Australian wine. From their small-batch winery in the idyllic Adelaide Hills, they work with pristine fruit sourced from iconic vineyard sites. Giles Cooke MW and Fergal Tynan MW, with the helping hand of Peter Leske, craft 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.


Dry grown, bush vines on Maslin sand at around 250 m, planted approx 75 years ago. Gentle south east facing slope. Low yielding vines.


Hand picked, wild fermented using 20% whole bunches in an open fermenter. Hand plunged gently during active ferment. 15 days skin contact. Pressed to 300l French 2nd and 3rd use hogsheads. Matured for 8 months prior to individual barrel selection. Hand bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Oak Treatment

Time: 8 Months; Type: French 300 l; % oaked: 100; % new oak: None;

Tasting Note

The Advance Release wines are a portal into what the future holds for Thistledown. This beautiful, old vineyard has some of the most characterful fruit in the district and just begged to be bottled separately to allow it to strut its stuff. An intense, deep coloured Grenache filled with wild cherry, spice and violets. Silky tannins and crisp, mouthwatering fruit leads through to a vivid, juicy finish.

Food Matching

Asian spiced, slow roast duck. Tagine of lamb.

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Our Green Principals are those that demonstrate a responsible and sustainable approach to viticulture, vinification, commerce and community.
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Rational producers demonstrate that they use the least amount of intervention in the vineyard and winery to make the best possible wine.
Thistledown try to harvest a little earlier in order to retain natural freshness and balance, reducing the need for additions and intervention. Buying only from sustainable, premium vineyards, they work with producers committed to reducing intervention and increasing sustainability, where possible, favouring dry grown sites. Minimal intervention in the winery is encouraged. In McLaren Vale, Thistledown works with growers involved in the sustainable viticulture programme.
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Thistledown ensures that all growers are paid a fair price to enable them to maintain their vineyards and invest in progressive vineyard management practices.

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