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Giles Cooke MW and Fergal Tynan MW, with the helping hand of Peter Leske, hand-make small-batch wines that illustrate the benefits of great sites and intelligent winemaking.

The 2 Masters of Wine, Giles and Fergal met in a bar the night before they began the first year of the Master of Wine course in 1998. Both subsequently passed the exam and eventually came to work together, founding Thistledown in 2010.

Both share a degree in history, a love of Australian wine and the cause of the underdog. Both also shared a frustration that, in many markets, Australian wine was stereotyped as big, alcoholic, and unsuited to premium restaurants. Both knew that this didn’t have to be the case and set upon a journey to create wines of elegance, detail and balance.


  • Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Blanc 2022

    • Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Blanc 2022 Halliday Badge 92 points
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    • Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Blanc 2022

      Grenache is Australia’s signature grape variety and Thistledown are slightly obsessed with it. The white version is still rare in Australia but capable of beautifully textured, citrus laced wines of great drinkability. An explosion of flavour meets suave, seductive personality! Bright, tangy citrus laced fruit with hints of honeysuckle and...

      $23.00

  • Thistledown The Cunning Plan Shiraz 2022

    • Thistledown The Cunning Plan Shiraz 2022 Winefront Badge 92 points Halliday Badge 95 points
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    • Thistledown The Cunning Plan Shiraz 2022

      McLaren Vale Wine Show 2023 Winner "Best One Year Old or Younger Shiraz" Winner "Best Shiraz"  Ever since their historic Scots, James Busby and John MacArthur, founded the Australian wine industry in the early 19th century, the relationship between Scotland and Australia has endured. Guardians of a long history, Thistle...

      $32.00

  • Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2022

    • Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2022 Halliday Badge 90 points
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    • Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2022

      Grenache is Australia’s signature grape variety and Thistledown are slightly obsessed with it. Utilising a range of premium vineyards across South Australia, they crafted a wine that captures all that is good about Grenache. Aromatic, deceptively light but with beautiful wild fruit, and slurpy, supple tannins. Tasting: Aromatic and lifted on the nose...

      $25.00