Thistledown Bachelors Block Single Site Shiraz 2021


This is a bona fide, stone-wall, humdinger of a red. Though there is enough reason in its site selection, ancient vines, context and back story to make you sit up and look, you'll forget them all with the first sumptuous, juicy, mouth-filling glass. It's akin to chomping on a bowl of overripe summer fruit.

It is dry as a bone but with a rich glycerol content that allows for the tannins to feel velvety, the mouth-feel to be broad and mouth-coating and for an unapologetically gorgeous and approachable wine. This is a wine with which you'll quickly make very good friends...

Blackberry, black cherry and plum fruits and spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla sit in perfect balance, delivered effortlessly and charmingly in a broad but balanced wine.

This is the style of Shiraz that won the wine world from many tired French wines in the early 1990s, yet sadly, too few producers are able to make wines like this at this price point any longer.

The value is sensational.

The Thistledown winery has given us, in this particular project, a stellar wine at an incredible price. It really will serve as a gateway to the entire range of their very select range of site-, grape- and vineyard-specific wines that come in at increasing increments. And we're fully aware that there may well be many who simply try this wine and not go any further. We couldn't blame you at all.

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 .

Blackberry, spice and liquorice, with dense, rich fruit and glossy tannins. Quintessential Barossa Shiraz – single site from Ebenezer.

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.

Recommended food pairing of braised ox cheeks, roast rib of beef.

Region: Barossa

Country: Australia

Grape(s): Syrah

Style: Structured, Smooth, Rich, Powerful, Medium Full, Juicy, Intense, Full, Fruity, Elegant, Dry, Dark, Complex, Balanced

Best food matches: Wild Boar, Venison, Steak, Roasts, Red Meats, Pasta, Casseroles, Beef, Barbecue

Alcohol: 14.5%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

Delivery & Returns

You'll get free delivery when you buy 12 x 75cl bottles of wine online from The Allotment, saving you €7.99.

We charge €7.99 per delivery for quantities less than that.

Our hours for processing orders are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

We pack your online wine order along the following timelines:

Wine orders for delivery in Dublin, received before 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected the next working day.

Wine orders for nationwide delivery, received by 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected two working days later.

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Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.