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Product code: 3641

Thistledown, Gorgeous Grenache Rosé, South Australia, 2020

Thistledown, Gorgeous Grenache Rosé, South Australia, 2020

Producer Profile

Ever since historic Scots, James Busby and John MacArthur founded the Australian wine industry in the early 19th century, the relationship between Scotland and Australia has been an enduring one.

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. In one of the most geologically diverse regions in the world, Grenache thrives but has not always been valued – until now.


Sourced from a single, old vineyard that is approximately 70 years old. Trained more like trees than bushes, these venerable old vines produce beautifully balanced fruit with subtle flavours.


Fruit was hand-picked before gentle de-stemming and crushing followed by 3.5hours on skins to extract minimal colour. A cool fermentation followed whichretained the aromatic, herbal notes and focussed the crisp, textural palate.Maturation on lees for 2 months helped increased texture prior to bottling.

Oak Treatment

No oak treatment

Tasting Note

This beautifully pale rosé has lovely aromatic wild strawberry and cranberry notes on the nose. The palate is tangy, dry and textural with creamy berry fruit and adeliciously moreish finish.

Food Matching

Ideal as an aperitif or with freshly grilled fish.


Huon Hooke 95 Points
Flamingo-pink hue. Intense bouquet, rosewater, Aperol, red berries, sweet vanilla and clove. Dry, savoury and spicy flavour profile, ripe apples, cranberry, red skins and toast. Medium-bodied, with a slippery texture that indicates extended time spent on lees. AY, 95/100, Sep 2020.

Technical Details
Grenache 100%

Screw cap


Still wine

Case Size:
12 x 75cl