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Thistledown, Gorgeous Grenache White, South Australia, Australia, 2023

Product code: 4093
Thistledown, Gorgeous Grenache White, South Australia, Australia, 2023

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 Grenache Blanc all came from a pioneering planting in the Riverland while the Chardonnay was sourced from an older Eden Valley site.


Oxidative handling before a wild ferment in both concrete egg and used French barrels. No MLF and maturation on lees for 4 months helped increase texture prior to bottling.

Oak Ageing

Time: 4 Months
Type: French
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None

Tasting Note

Grenache is Australia’s signature grape variety and we’re slightly obsessed with it. The white version is still rare in Australia but capable of beautifully textured, citrus laced wines of great drinkability. An explosion of flavour meets suave, seductive personality! Bright, tangy citrus laced fruit with hints of honeysuckle and lemon balm. Taut, yet textured and complex, this is a beautifully crafted white that breaks the mould.

Food Matching

Excellent with summer salads, grilled chicken satay, sea bass.


James Suckling 91 Points
The best vintage of this super value wine. Mid-weighted and very expressive, delivering a textural loom of viscosity and phenolics, unravelling an edgy thread of freshly cut mint, yellow plum, guava and a truss of dried herb strewn across a long weave. A wine for the drinker who prizes texture as much as the one who gets a thrill from more obvious fruit. Drink or hold briefly. Screw cap. 91 Points, Nov 2023.

Technical Details
Grenache Blanc 94%
Chardonnay 6%
Vegetarian Vegan Bottle weight: 415 g

Screw cap


Still wine

Case Size:
12 x 75cl

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