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Product code: 2942

Thistledown, The Great Escape Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia, 2018

Thistledown, The Great Escape 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.


Great Escape is a benchmark, cooler climate Chardonnay produced from fruit grown in the Eden Valley’s elevated vineyard sites which allow for a long ripening period which helps to maintain the natural sugar and acid balance of the grape. Trellised vineyards, pruned to produce moderate yields.


As with all their wines, the winemaking process is a gentle one with the intention of preserving the natural flavours of the wine while at the same time building layers of texture. Fruit went directly to press after picking. The free run juice was run off to tank to settle. We retain a relatively high level of solids in the ferment, all of which is wild fermented in used French oak or concrete egg. We do not encourage malolactic as we want to preserve the crisp, citrus fruit profile.

Oak Ageing

Time: 10 Months
Type: Tight grain French Oak 300l
% wine oaked: 50
% new oak: 10

Tasting Note

Citrussy, subtle oak influence and a bright yet creamy palate. With moderate alcohol, focussed, crisp citrus fruit and a mouthwatering finish, this is an accomplished, truly modern style of this noble variety.

Food Matching

Shellfish, oysters and aromatic Asian dishes.


Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 90 Points
There are 400 cases of the 2018 Great Escape Chardonnay, and most of the wine was made in steel and concrete. The 10% that was fermented in French oak gives the wine just a hint of toast and cedar, but it's mostly about white peaches and citrus. Medium-bodied and silky-textured, it finishes crisp and mouthwatering. 90 Points, 2020.
The Wine Front 90 Points
Once upon a time, the label was quite plain, and in a review of the 2014, I commented on Steve McQueen on a motorcycle, going through the Adelaide Hills. And now the label seems to be just that. So, my usual moronic introductions sometimes find an appreciative home, I guess. 90 Points, GW, 2020.

Technical Details
Chardonnay 100%
Vegetarian Vegan

Screw cap


Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl