The thistle is an apt image for a producer that, for all its rugged exterior, makes wines that possess a delicacy, subtlety and beauty that constantly surprise. At home in the Adelaide Hills, Thistledown handcrafts small parcels of wine from vineyards chosen for their soul as well as soil. Thistledown wines look to reflect the terroir by picking for optimal balance rather than power and by winemaking that is, wherever possible, hands off.
Thistledown works closely with a diverse group of growers across the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions of South Australia and seeks out growers whose fruit is capable of expressing balance, varietal expression and a keen sense of place. In general, Thistledown sources fruit that is grown at about 3 tons per acre which we believe provides us with the optimal combination of concentration, fruit purity and balance. The regions of Barossa and McLaren Vale are blessed with a multitude of soil structures and we like to work with fruit that displays the effects of the changing nature of the soil explicitly - be that the rich, deep terra rossa soils of the Barossa Valley floor or the undulating, sandy soils of Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. Much is talked about the role of old vines and they are indeed a fabulous resource. However, they are not a guarantee of quality and in some years, having a trellised, judiciously irrigated middle aged vine may well provide wine of better balance than a dry grown old vine. We therefore like to work with a spread of trellised and bush vine vineyards, old and new, dry grown and irrigated. The consistent factor must be limited yields and balance.
Thistledown wines are made under the watchful eye of Peter Leske at his Revenir winery in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. With consultation from Giles Cooke MW and Fergal Tynan MW, the wines are crafted to display crisp varietal character, complexity and balance rather than raw power. It is difficult to generalise across and region and varietal but in the main we are looking for open fermentations with gentle extraction and in some cases, influence from whole bunch fermentation. Oak use is subtle and supporting, generally French hogsheads and puncheons with a seasoning of U.S oak.
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.
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Name Thistledown Suilven Chardonnay Country Australia Region Adelaide Hills ABV% 13% Vintage 2015 Grape Variety 100% Chardonnay Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans