Thistledown Fool On The Hill Grenache 2022


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Eden Valley, Australia
96 points


The Fool on the Hill Grenache exemplifies Thistledown's unwavering commitment to the path less traveled, proving that, if the desired outcomes are exceptional, they embrace challenges without hesitation. Hailing from a minuscule vineyard nestled in the Eden Valley, these resilient vines, although beset by adversity, yield fruit of astonishing quality, brimming with concentrated, intense flavors. Thistledown's fearless pursuit of this venture, even in the face of daunting conditions, has unquestionably reaped substantial rewards, delivering a wine that retains the hallmark bright Thistledown aromatics while introducing an enticing layer of texture, spice, and warmth that sets it apart from its McLaren Vale counterparts.

One of the highest Grenache vineyards in South Australia at 550m, the meagre soils are strewn with pink quartz and ironstone. 3 clonal selections of Grenache have been planted in bush-vine form with only a little water to establish them. Still young by our standards, these small vines yield fruit with high intensity.

The fruit was hand-picked early in the morning before swift transport to the winery where we retained 20% whole bunches. A gentle ferment in concrete egg was followed by pressing to 500 litre 2nd and 3rd year French oak.

Only 1800 Bottles Produced!


96 points
95 points
Gary Walsh

Dark cherry, plenty of sweet spice, a little earthy/stony, liquorice, dried flowers and sage. It's firm, plenty of ripe cherry and raspberry flavour, bounteous gravelly tannin, dry but plump, with a very long savoury finish. Terrific.

95 points

Aromas of white pepper, rose hip, strawberry, baked cherry, rosemary and thyme. Full-bodied with fine, chewy tannins. Bright and vibrant on the palate, with juicy fruit and spice. Succulent. Clear, transparent and fresh. Lovely tension here, which will unravel with time. A pleasure. Best after 2025.


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
14-18 °C
Cellar until
Food pairing
Grenache pairs well with a variety of dishes, including grilled meats, Mediterranean cuisine, spicy dishes, and aged cheeses, thanks to its versatile and fruity character.

Tasting Profile

This wine unfolds with a symphony of fragrances, including delicate white pepper, enticing rose hip, vibrant strawberry, luscious baked cherry, and nuanced hints of rosemary and thyme, all carried by a full-bodied presence complemented by elegant, velvety tannins that offer a satisfyingly textured experience.
This wine graces the palate with a radiant and lively character, bursting with succulent, juicy fruit interwoven with enticing spice notes, revealing a remarkable clarity and refreshing transparency that exudes sheer elegance, all underpinned by an enchanting tension that promises to unfurl beautifully with the passage of time, making it an absolute delight to savor.

Thistledown Fool On The Hill Grenache 2022

Thistledown Fool On The Hill Grenache 2022

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