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Product code: 2723

Thistledown, Suilven Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia, 2018

Thistledown, Suilven Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia, 2018

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.


Having thrown off its image as the sleepy backwater capital of South Australia, Adelaide is now one of the "hot" cities of the world to visit. Long the home to Australia's wine industry, Adelaide is now a melting pot of great wine, gorgeous produce and vibrant culture. And where do the cool cats go to make wine? - the Hills of course. This established region, once more famous for apple and pear growing, is now the heart of the alternative wine movement. Outstanding fruit quality and a more free-thinking approach to winemaking characterise the Hills and where better to produce Suilven Chardonnay?


With such perfect raw materials, Thistledown's only job was not to undo all nature's good work. Hand-picked fruit is transferred straight to press before a very slight settling of juice to retain a high solids content. A combination of new French oak hogsheads and concrete eggs are used and they wait for the natural fermentation to begin. The finished wine was held in barrel and egg, with regular battonage, for 10 months before bottling with only a very light fining and filtration.

Oak Treatment

Time: 10 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.


The Real Review 95 Points
Wild honey and nougat, figs and lemon flesh - a complex and slightly wild bouquet. When sipped, it shows a rare minerality and softness, just enough acidity and fruit flesh to compel the next sip. Immense potential. Beautifully made. 95 Points, NB
The Wine Companion 91 Points
This is an artisanal light to barely mid-weighted chardonnay. Fermented wild in both barrel and concrete egg, before extended lees contact and blending across a ruthless barrel selection. The aromas are subdued, with butter scotch, finger lime and oatmeal flavours expanding across the mouth with some air injection. The finish, gentle, effortless and of decent linger. A work in progress.’ 91 Points, NG, Aug 2020

Technical Details
Chardonnay 100%

Technical cork


Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl