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Product code: 2723

Thistledown, Suilven Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia, 2017

Thistledown, Suilven Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia, 2017

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.

Viticulture

Grown in the cooler Adelaide Hills region of South Australia, the focus is on site selection and then individual barrel selection to craft our ultimate expression of the king of white grapes.

Winemaking

Hand picking, whole bunch pressing and natural fermentations in barrel enhance the pristine quality of the fruit while the selection in barrel allows us to pick out only those barrels that show the energy, nerve and complexity of which great Chardonnay is capable.

Oak Treatment

Time: 11 Months
Type: French Oak Hogsheads
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 50

Tasting Note

Refreshing white fruits, with a hint of spice and light oaking on the nose. Zippy acidity, white and stone fruits such as peach, and some minerality adding some texture.

Food Matching

A really versatile Chardonnay that pairs well with so many foods but our favourites would include rich fish dishes with buttery sauces, steak bearnaise and grilled veal.

Awards

Huon Hooke 94 Points
Very light colour. A shy, reserved and youthfully straightforward minerally bouquet, which is nevertheless clean and fresh. The palate is also reserved and tight, also clean, intense and refined, with some nutty lees and oak subtleties, and a very long, intense aftertaste. Refined and pure. A lovely wine with a future. HH, 94 Points.
The Wine Front 93 Points
Adelaide Hills chardonnay. Wild yeast, high solids, a combination of concrete eggs and new French oak. Effortless chardonnay. Elegance is both its surname and its title. Everything here feels free to roam. Chalk, spice, stonefruit and vanilla pods. Everything light and airy, succulent, arms outstretched, open to the world. You get the picture. It’s a pleasure to spend time with it. GW, 93 Points.
James Suckling 92 Points
Attractive, fresh white-peach and lemon aromas with gentle, praline-like oak nuances and baking spices. The palate has a fresh, pure and lively core of lemons and mangoes. JS, 92 Points, June 2019.
Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2020 95 Points Points
Hand-picked from a single vineyard, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in both barrel and a concrete egg, extended lees maturation before a strict barrel selection. A worthy wine, introducing complexity without diminishing the stone fruit and grapefruit varietal expression. JH, 95 Points, August 2019

Technical Details
Varieties:
Chardonnay 100%
ABV:
12.5%

Closure:
Technical cork

Colour:
White

Style:
Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl