36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 20% Petit Verdot and 16% 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
95/100 Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday
"A Bordeaux blend 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 its bright mouthfeel and cedary fruit flavours." Drink by 2029
93/100 The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson
"Thorn Clarke’s “Bordeaux blend” is one of the more reliable performers on the Australian red wine landscape. Little fanfare, much satisfaction. 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."
91/100 Bob Campbell MW
"A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Reasonably rich, fleshy wine with dark berry, plum, chocolate/mocha, liquorice and spicy oak flavours. An accessible red in a crowd-pleasingly mouth-filling style 20/10/2017." Drink 2017 - 2022
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