In a nutshell: A laid back, thirst quenching, smooth and fruity South Australian white.
The lowdown: This 50cl bottle with a crown cap closure is a bit of a departure from the norm and while it's not a wine that takes itself too seriously it's quite delicious nonetheless. The blend is 70% Semillon with 20% Sauvignon Blanc and a little Arneis and Petit Manseng and it has touches of quince and preserved lemon aromas that lead to a really zesty palate of citrus elderflower, stone fruits and almond.
When to drink: For a wine where the idea is to just flip open the cap and share with friends there's certainly plenty going on.
From their small-batch winery in the idyllic Adelaide Hills, just to the east of Adelaide itself, Giles Cooke and Fergal Tynan, both Masters of Wine, work with top quality fruit they've sourced from carefully vineyard sites. With the helping hand of Peter Leske they aim to make lithe, energetic wines that illustrate the benefits of great sites and intelligent, low-intervention winemaking.
Giles and Fergal share a particular passion for Grenache and, in ever more detail, Thistledown continue to unpick the rich patchwork of South Australian Grenache - reassembling it in their own inimitable style. This unique blend of superb fruit sources and experience in both the New and the Old Worlds helps craft wine of subtlety, texture and detail - wines perfectly suited to complement rather than overwhelm fine food.
The grapes they use come from top quality vineyard sites across South Australia in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills & Langhorne Creek. The fruit they use is on the way up rather than the way down so that they only need do as little as possible to it to get the best end results. And they certainly believe the small batch, hand-made wines they make are a little bit special.