35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 23% Petit Verdot and 17% Merlot
Thorn-Clarke has a strong belief in the age old saying “you can’t make good wine from bad grapes”. In the late 1980’s governments were sponsoring growers to pull vines in an attempt to overcome an oversupply in the industry. Against trend, David Clarke, a geologist by training, set about testing soils and buying land (at one time under car headlights to avoid local farmer suspicion) with the intention of establishing his own vineyards in the Barossa. Developing a great understanding for the diversity of the Barossa, David purchased land in two sections of the Eden Valley and two in the Barossa Valley. The Eden Valley has since become synonymous with high quality white wines and the Barossa with high quality reds. The name Thorn-Clarke derives from the relationship between two long time Barossa families. The winery owners are David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) and their son Sam is manager of the winery. Cheryl’s brother, David Thorn manages the Mount Crawford and Kabininge vineyards for Thorn-Clarke Wines.
What The Critics Say
93/100 The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson
"Cabernet blend, not to be messed with. It’s stern, tannic and warm. Something I like about this wine is that it rolls out the punches and lets you deal with them; it’s an unapologetic style of wine. It’s beefy, curranty, toasty and substantial, with dusty/leafy cabernet characters as afterthoughts. Just watch those tannin unfurls. Just feel the grunt of it. The press release accompanying the wine describes it as “floral and elegant”. That’s about the last way I’d describe it."
92/100 Tony Love's Top 100, Adelaide Advertiser July 2016
"One of the Barossa’s most consistent over delivers, this cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot blend sets up an early aromatic stance with delightful blackberries and leafy notes – part forest and part tobacco, part dusty oak – followed by a wave of crushed berry and plum juice flavours that is bright and filled with life and joyous energy. It's all held neatly in a coat of soft touch and mouthfeel. Spot on."
Sunday Telegraph August 2016, John Fordham
"A BAROSSA Valley best-seller from the heart of faraway Bordeaux. Thorn-Clarke’s 2014 Shotfire Quartage ($25) evolves from the winemaker selecting from any of the five Bordeaux varieties growing on the family-owned estate at Angaston. Having the moniker “quartage” naturally points to four varieties and, in this latest release, the chosen components are cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Given its consistency in style and delivery, it’s little wonder the deeply-coloured and richly flavoured Shotfire Quartage enjoys such significant popularity in the Thorn-Clarke range. Having generous flavours works to its advantage, allowing them to come together as a multi-tiered wine. As a blended red, this is up there with the best."
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