2020 Thistledown Distant Light Shiraz Grenache

McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley SA

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




About This Wine

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.

About Thistledown

Thistledown wines is a unique arm of the global Alliance Wine company.

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 down-under, throughout the year at key points in the winemaking process.


Peter Leske, Giles Cooke & Fergal Tynan
Peter Leske, Giles Cooke & Fergal Tynan
Thistledown Winery, South Australia
Additional Info

From The Producer

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.


Blend : Shiraz (51%), Grenache (49%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Old-vine Grenache
Old-vine Grenache
Mclaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"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 (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"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)


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