Our aim at Thistledown is to make wine of great purity, precision and energy. We're not here to impress with size, weight, alcohol or oak. As our name suggests, our wines may appear robust on the surface but we seek deep flavours and complexity that can be peeled back, layer by layer.
We source our fruit from many of the best sites in the iconic regions of South Australia. We work with growers in each of our chosen regions who are committed to viticulture that allows the fruit to freely express itself. In reality this means relatively low yields to enable concentration of flavour and to allow us to pick a little earlier than many.
We started with a vision to produce wines that are definitively "of their place" and though that sounds a bit pretentious its just about making wines that we feel reflect the personality of the place, the growers and of course us.
We love wines with life, vibrancy of fruit, texture, tension and drinking appeal. In order to achieve this, we only buy very high quality grapes from growers who share our vision and are prepared to work with us to deliver pristine fruit to the winery.
It's become the norm in some regions to give the grapes extended hang time and to look for fruit sweetness and ripe flavours in the vineyard. We prefer to work with fruit that still has great balance of sweetness, acidity and tannin - fruit that we pick "on the way up rather than on the way down"
It's no secret that we're obsessed with Grenache, particularly the old vine, dry grown stuff in McLaren Vale and Barossa. Maybe it's the years travelling round Spain but Grenache in all its guises pretty much courses through our veins. We've begun assembling a collection of some of the best Grenache vineyards in Australia with the intention of becoming the authority on Australian Grenache.