The Basket Case forms the bedrock of what we do at Thistledown. Ever since our first visits to the Barossa, more years ago than we’d choose to recall, we’ve been variously inspired and confounded by what is achievable in this iconic region. Inspired by the incredible soils and the way in which Shiraz in particular is able to express itself here. Confounded by winemaking practices that can seem formulaic, reliant on alcohol and ripeness alone.
An Englishman, an Irishman and an Australian of German descent.....
at home in the Adelaide Hills, Thistledown make super premium wines from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Langhorne Creek regions of South Australia.
Drawing on strong Celtic links, the thistle provides an apt image for a producer that, for all the rugged exterior, makes wines that possess a delicacy, subtlety and beauty that counters the notion that bigger always equals better.
Thistledown works directly with growers in the premium regions of South Australia to source fruit that has the potential to communicate its origins precisely while delivering polished, balanced, delicious wines of great personality.
Established since 2010,Thistledown is developing a focus on individual terroir expressions of Grenache and Syrah - a passion borne of our love for the wines of Southern France and Spain.
Whether it’s the deep, ironstone rich terra rossa of Marananga in the Barossa or the delightfully light, deep sands of Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale, we look to reflect the terroir by picking for optimal balance rather than power and by winemaking that is, wherever possible, hands off.