The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship between two long time Barossa Families. Founders David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn), work with their son and daughter, Sam and Nicole, in this family orientated business. With four family owned vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valley, Thorn-Clarke produces wines across three ranges (Sandpiper, Shotfire and William Randell) all represent exceptional value and display true regional character 'Showcasing the best that the Barossa has to offer.
From the multi-award winning Thorn-Clarke stable comes this monster red with a multitude of flavours that fuse together flawlessly. It’s a melting pot of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot, each bringing a unique flavour profile to the table. The result is an explosive mix of blackcurrant, mulberry, sweet ripe cherries, cloves and dusty dried herbs with an oak chaser. It’s juicy and well-balanced with just the right amount of tannin. Perfect for hearty winter dishes.
This 2015 release is on the mark again. It's ripe and bold but mellow too; it's already settling into a sound drinking zone. Blackberry, earth, leather, some undergrowth, some mocha, a eucalyptus lift. Strong tannin but it suits the full-bodied style. It's in a good place, but it will keep and mature over a longish period too. Rating: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson
A Long-established blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot that has often exceeded expectations, both with the quality of the estate-grown fruit, the way the components are handled in the winery, and the blending process. Everything about the wine defies the normal yawn that greets Barossa Valley Bordeaux blends with it bright mouthfeel and cedary fruit flavours. Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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