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.
This outstanding drop is a big, purposeful red oozing in blackberry fruit flavours teamed up with hints of raspberry, vanilla cream, cinnamon and clove. Smoky tannin and tarry notes give added depth and complexity. A great wingman (or woman) to osso bucco or any hearty winter dish.
Dark, deep, near impenetrable, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and voluminous with moderately deep aromas of blackberry fruit with nuances of black plums, and hints of dark raspberries. Soft, integrated notes of spices, liquorice and pepper add to the richness, and the nose reveals nuances of dark herbs. Full-bodied, the palate has vibrant flavours of ripe blackberries with dark raspberries, black plums and black pepper, with liquorice, spice and floral elements. The fruit is rich, sweet and mouthfilling and underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and grip lending structure and mouthfeel, with fresh acidity enhancing the vitality. The flavours show aromatic lift as they carry to a lingering finish. This is a rich and sweetly ripe Shiraz with vibrant blackberry and plum fruit along with raspberries, spices and liquorice on a finely extracted palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6+ years. Rating: 18.5/20 Points; Raymond Chan
Ever-reliable shiraz out of the Barossa. It’s as much red-berried as black and that’s not a bad thing. It feels well-settled and sure-footed, its creamy texture helping the flavours swing impressively through the palate. Coffee-cream, a trace of fragrant dry herbs, and just enough firm/chocolatey tannin to keep it all neat. But with confidence. Tasted: May 19; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $28; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2029; Rated: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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