Founders Giles Cooke and Fergal Tynan are UK-based MWs with a collective 40+ years’ experience in buying and selling Australian wines. They have been friends since 1998, when they met over a pint of beer on the evening before their first Master of Wine course. In 2006 they established Alliance Wine Australia, which purchases Australian wines for distribution in the UK; they took the process one step further when Alliance began the Thistledown Wines venture. This focuses on Barossa Valley shiraz, McLaren Vale grenache, and smaller amounts of Adelaide Hills chardonnay. Winemaker Giles, who splits his time between the UK and Adelaide, says he has particular affection for grenache and is precisely right (in my view) when he says, ‘McLaren Vale grenache is world class, and it best expresses itself when made in the mould of pinot noir’. Exports to the UK, the US, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Malta, South Korea, Singapore, China and NZ.
Thistledown is a collaboration between Giles Cooke MW, Fergal Tynan MW and renowned winemaker Peter Leske. Drawing on their combined knowledge, they hunt down parcels of fruit in the premium growing regions of South Australia to make wines of subtlety, energy and texture.
Giles Cooke MW
c/- Revenir, Peacock Road North, Lenswood, SA 5240
0405 038 757