Thistledown, Bachelor's Block Single Site Shiraz, Ebenezer, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia, 2021
Masters of Wine, Giles Cooke & Fergal Tynan, founded Thistledown Wines in 2010 after discovering iconic vineyard sites in the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.
They make hand-made, small batch wines that perfectly illustrate the benefits of great sites and intelligent, minimalist winemaking.
The first "single site" release and a wine that sets the benchmark for contemporary fine wine from the Barossa. Produced from hand-picked fruit from defined part of one single block in the revered Ebenezer sub-region, Bachelor's Block effortlessly blends precise picking times, whole bunch natural fermentations, gentle vinification with extended time in fine French hogsheads to yield a wine of taut power, finesse and savoury freshness.
The aim is to maximise the potential of the site. Hand-picked relatively early in order to preserve the fresher aromatics. The fruit was left to cold soak for a couple of days before the natural fermentation began. They used approx 35% whole bunches in the ferment, which was hand plunged twice daily. Post ferment maceration lasted a further 5 days before pressing to 300 litre French hogsheads - where it lay for 14 months before bottling .
Type: 300 Litre French Hogsheads
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 33
A complex and savoury nose with hints of graphite, liquorice, spice and blackberry. The palate is well balanced with dense, smoky black fruits and beautifully polished, glossy tannins that provide a mouthfilling yet succulent, energetic finish.
Braised ox cheeks, roast rib of beef.
The Wine Advocate 95 Points
The 2021 Bachelor's Block Ebenezer Shiraz hails from a cooler vintage than the previously tasted and much warmer 2020, however the Ebenezer region does not allow for a light wine to be made, whatever the season. This has density, gravitas and black pull at its very center and is shaped by a rachis of earthy, savory tannins in the mouth. It has blood plum, date, black tea, sweet Champion Ruby tobacco, turned black earth and crushed rocks aplenty. The length of flavor through the finish spools and unfurls and almost gyrates across the tongue and the memory. This is a big wine, with amplitude and impact in equal measure. 95 Points, EL, August 2023.
6 x 75cl
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