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 James Halliday (2017 vintage)
"If you think the flavours and texture of this wine are more akin to the Eden Valley than the Barossa Valley, you're probably right - three of the four estate vineyards are in the Eden Valley, one in the Barossa Valley. The scented pepper, spice and black cherry of the wine provide a lightness of foot to the medium-bodied palate, balance following the same line. Value+."
91/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2017 vintage)
"Beautifully fruited and attractively expressed, the bouquet shows Black Doris plum, blueberry, floral, almond and spice characters. The palate is delightfully smooth and fleshy, displaying juicy fruit intensity and silky texture, leading to a lengthy succulent finish. Very likable and highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2021. $21.00. July 2018." Drink 2018 - 2021
4 Stars Winestate Magazine, Greatest Shiraz (2017 vintage)
"Attractive lifted perfumed fruit fragrances and rip rounded palate that has great flavour persistence, complexity and interest."
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