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Thistledown Sands of Time Single Vineyard Grenache 2019 bottle

Thistledown Sands of Time Single Vineyard Grenache 2021

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Producer: Thistledown Wine Company

2019 Vintage was The Best Grenache in Australia (Halliday Wine Companion)

Early on in our Grenache journey, we were introduced to Sue Trott’s Home Block in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. It's beautiful aspect, raised elevation and free-draining deep sandy soils are the perfect spot for dry-grown bush-vine Grenache and we were so lucky to be offered the opportunity to purchase a little fruit. 5 years on and we have learned a little about the site and refined our picking decisions and vinification to the extent that from 2017 we were content that we could do the site justice by bottling separately.

Sourced from one 75 year old vineyard, the bush trained vines on pure sand yield up a wine of immense purity and power that is both light and intense at the same time. Highly aromatic with notes of sandalwood, dried orange, violets and wood spice on the nose, it follows through to a palate that is paradoxically elegant and vibrant but concentrated and persistent. Silky smooth with a glossy, highly attractive palate of wild strawberry, violets and the merest hint of cinnamon and woodsmoke. Achingly beautiful but deliciously drinkable all at once.

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans 

  • 97+ points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 
  • 97 points - Halliday Wine Companion 
  • TOP TEN Grenache (70 Great Wines) - Halliday Wine Companion
  • 96 points - The Vintage Journal (Andrew Caillard MW)
  • 95 points - The Wine Front
  • 95 points & TOP RANK - The Real Review
  • 94 points - JamesSuckling.com


  • 96 points - Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion
  • 95+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
  • 96 points - Stuart Knox, The Real Review (TROPHY Global Fine Wine Awards)


  • 97 points & BEST VARIETAL GRENACHE - Halliday Wine Companion
  • 95+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
  • 95 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
  • 95 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
  • 95 Points - Gourmet Traveller Wine
  • 93 points - Wines & Spirits Magazine 

Grape Variety: Grenache

Colour: Red

ABV: 14.5%