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
94/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"This is a gorgeous opulent shiraz filled with dark fruit and warm spice flavours with hints of chocolate, cedar and vanilla. It is fleshy and sumptuous on the palate, and offers succulent fruit intensity together with fleshy mouthfeel, wonderfully framed by silky tannins. At its best: now to 2024. $27.00. Feb 2018." Drink 2018 - 2024
5 Stars Raymond Chan (2015 vintage)
"Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full and voluminous with rich, ripe, up-front, near opulent aromas of blackberries melded with liquorice and subtle layers of savoury eucalyptus and cedar, and oak vanilla notes. The aromatics are harmonious and integrated. Full-bodied, the palate features rich and plush fruit flavours of ripe blackberries and liquorice entwined with dark plums, cedar and oak vanilla. The fruit is vibrant and lively, and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction, providing mouthfilling body, depth and grip. Lacy, background acidity lends energy and the wine carries with underlying power to a long and sustained finish of liquorice and cedar. This is a rich and lusciously sweet, ripe Shiraz with blackberry and plum fruit melded with cedary oak on a well-structured palate with a vibrant mouthfeel. Match with roast lamb and slow-cooked game meats over the next 6-8 years. Shiraz fruit from the ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’ vineyards, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 40% new American oak. 18.5-/20 Feb 2017 RRP $27.00"
92/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)
"Big, ripe shiraz with plum, dark berry, chocolate, mocha and vanilla flavours. Quite a fresh, vibrant wine that's not at all cloying. Approachable now - but no rush. Good value at this price. 26 MAY 2017."
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