2020 Thistledown Distant Light Shiraz Grenache

Highly Rated
A blend of Shiraz and Grenache from some of the most exceptional vineyards across the Barossa, Eden, and McLaren Vale

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Sourcing fruit from some of SA’s most renowned vineyards to make up the components for the Distant Light Shiraz, Gilles and the team have sought to create a great multi-regional wine.

Shiraz from the Eden and Barossa and Grenache from some great old-vine vineyards in McLaren Vale, combine to produce a balanced and fresh wine. Spice, smokiness, red and black fruit, lots going on in a wine that’s ready to drink now.

While not a wine destined for long-term cellaring, this Distant Light is a great showcase for SA regions, taking the best of the regional/variety character and blending them to make a sum that is greater than its parts.

2020 vintage conditions were perfect in many ways. A warm , dry early season gave way to a mild, sometimes cool, February and March which allowed for ripening at a very relaxed pace. Small yields across all regions concentrated the fruit flavours while the dry conditions led to low disease pressures.<p/>

Region: McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley SA
Blend: Shiraz (51%), Grenache (49%)
ABV: 14.50%
Closure: 750ml
Bottle Size:

91 Points - "This is bottle no 491/933, so not a lot made. Exotic spice, marzipan, red and black fruits, a bit of bacon bone and mint. It’s medium-bodied, nutty and fleshy, plenty of spice and poached strawberry, maybe sits a little flat on the palate, and lacking a little vigour and energy, fine grained tannin, and a smoky meaty and salty finish of solid length. Good wine, and I’d maybe say drink it on the younger side." Gary Walsh (Wine Front)

93 Points - "Barossa shiraz (Ebenezer and Mengler Hill) with Blewitt Springs grenache. Frankly, it would be finer without the Barossan intrusion. Yet this is a stylistic choice that many will enjoy, marked by more obvious oak than Thistledown's other top wines. Full-weighted, with iodine, camphor and plentiful dark fruit allusions. Densely packed, with a sluice of menthol, anise and toasty oak to curb an intense finish that remains admirably fresh." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

97 Points - "This immediately enticing and complete wine draws you in with its intriguing blend of ethereal aromas with more than a passing resemblance to fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Suave dark cherry, charcuterie, peppery spice, raspberry and roasted meat aromas deliver power and subtlety, beautifully matched to sweet oak. The Shiraz and Grenache then come together superbly to deliver a mouthfilling palate with fantastic fruit density plus a rich velvety texture underlined by firm tannins that builds to peacock’s tail finish. Seriously impressive." - Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot)


Thistledown wines was founded by UK natives Fergal Tynan, and Giles Cooke, the two MWs met while they began their WSET studies and formed a fast and strong bond.

While they have vineyards and wineries across the globe, Thistledown holds a special place in their hearts, with many of Giles' first forays into MW wine travel happening around Australia.

With renowned local winemaker Peter Leske on hand year-round, Giles is still quite hands-on with Thistledown, ensuring to be downunder throughout the year at key points in the winemaking process.

Giles Cooke MW Thistledown

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