2017 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Quartage
47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot 10% Malbec
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
91/100 Bob Campbell MW (2016 vintage)
"A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Elegant red wine with dark berry, cherry and spicy oak flavours. A fine-boned wine with good underlying power. It offers value at this price 9/12/2018." Drink 2018 - 2023
18.5/20 Raymond Chan (2016 vintage)
"Well-packed with concentrated, ripe aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants along with black plums and nuances of redcurrants. The aromatics are refined and show intensity, unfolding subtle nutty oak. The aromatics grow in density with aeration. Full-bodied, the has deep and softly packed , concentrated flavours of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants with plums and notes of nutty, spicy oak. The fruit is harmoniously interwoven and balanced with the oak and supported by ine-grained flowery tannin extraction with integrated acidity. The flavours grow in richness to fill the mouth and carry to a concentrated, lingering, nuanced finish. Match with roasted red meats over the next 7-9 years. A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot from the ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’ vineyards, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak. 18.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $28.00."
95/100 Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday (2015 vintage)
"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
|Variety||Cabernet Merlot Blend|
|Maturity||2019 - 2024|
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