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Thistledown, Cunning Plan Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia, 2022

Product code: 3484
Thistledown, Cunning Plan Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia, 2022

Producer Profile

Masters of Wine, Giles Cooke & Fergal Tynan, founded Thistledown Wines in 2010 after discovering iconic vineyard sites in the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.

They make hand-made, small batch wines that perfectly illustrate the benefits of great sites and intelligent, minimalist winemaking.


The beautiful region of McLaren Vale is bounded by the Gulf to the West and the various ranges to the East and North. Geologically one of the most diverse regions on earth, it has long been the home to some of Australia’s finest expressions of Shiraz. The fruit comes from the Moray Park vineyard in the McLaren Flat sub-region. Low yielding and ultra-intense, they handle the fruit gently to capture the delicious berry fruit character, overlaid with subtle wood-spice.


Winemaking is simple with The Cunning Plan. Take perfectly balanced fruit, pick, gently crush to preserve whole berries and allow to soak for 4 days prior to a wild fermentation. Wild fermented and then pressed to French oak only, with either no new oak or only a small percentage used depending on vintage.

Oak Ageing

Time: 10 Months
Type: French 300 Litre
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 10

Tasting Note

Great depth of ripe plum and blackberry fruit flavours. A full bodied wine with a succulent palate, lively spices and fine velvety tannins.

Food Matching

Heart stews, Asian hotpots, cold meat cuts.


McLaren Vale Wine Shot 2023 Double Trophy Winner
Double Trophy Winner: Best Shiraz and Best Young Shiraz, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2023
James Suckling 92 Points
A powerful, typically regional shiraz, exuding baking spice, clove, bing cherry and five-spice. Soft and plush, with the caveat of some tangy acidity marking the forceful back end. Drink or hold. Screw cap. 92 Points, JS, Nov 2023.

Technical Details
Shiraz 100%
Vegetarian Vegan

Screw cap


Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl

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