Thorn Clarke - Terra Barossa
Barossa Valley (Australia)

The Estate
The winery owners are David and Cheryl Clarke (born Thorn) and their son Sam is the manager of the winery. The Thorn-Clarke family has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry. The Thorns have been grape growers in the Barossa since the 1870's. David Clarke's passion for the wine industry lead to the planting of the Kabininge vineyard outside of Tanunda in 1987, which represents the start of a deeper involvement by the family in the Barossa wine industry. 

Thorn Clarke's presentation (DOWNLOAD PDF HERE)


The Thorn-Clarke family
Ron Thorn, Cheryl Clarke (born Thorn), Sam Clarke, Brian Clarke and David Clarke.



Steve Machin and Fran Kysela
 Wine dinner Unwined - Boulevard Wood Grill, June 2005

The Vineyards
Terra Barossa pays tribute to the rich, fertile soils of the region which contribute to wines of such great character. The free draining soil structure combined with the continental climate of warm days and cool nights enables them to produce elegant wines with good varietal character.

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The Wines
Wine review Highlights (click HERE)


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2012 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Shiraz, Winemaker's Selection, Barossa 9/1.0L
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UPC code: 7 84585 01101 8
The palate is rich and full with spicy plums and creamy oak. The tannins are fine and give the wine great length of flavor and a superb smooth mouthfeel. Pairs well with foods with richness and flavor such as meat based pasta dishes, red meats or hard cheese.

2011 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Shiraz, Winemaker's Selection, Barossa 9/1.0L
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UPC code: 7 84585 01101 8
The palate is rich and full with spicy plums and creamy oak. The tannins are fine and give the wine great length of flavor and a superb smooth mouthfeel. Pairs well with foods with richness and flavor such as meat based pasta dishes, red meats or hard cheese.

2010 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Shiraz, Winemaker's Selection, Barossa 9/1.0L
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UPC code: 7 84585 01101 8
The palate is rich and full with spicy plums and creamy oak. The tannins are fine and give the wine great length of flavor and a superb smooth mouthfeel. Pairs well with foods with richness and flavor such as meat based pasta dishes, red meats or hard cheese.

2009 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Shiraz, Winemaker's Selection, Barossa 9/1.0L
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UPC code: 7 84585 01101 8
The 2009 vintage started a little earlier than usual due to a week of hot weather. Following this, the weather settled down to an extended spell of warm, dry days and cool nights. Some light rain in March provided much needed relief for thirsty vines, and resulted in the vintage finishing well - producing wines with excellent color and flavor.
The palate is rich and full with spicy plums and creamy oak. The tannins are fine and give the wine great length of flavor and a superb smooth mouthfeel. Pairs well with foods with richness and flavor such as meat based pasta dishes, red meats or hard cheese.



"This is a lush, full-bodied Barossa Shiraz at a bargain price. Hints of charred wood accent mixed berries and rich, chocolaty flavors. creamy on the finish, with mouthwatering acidity. Drink now - 2012 - JC"
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Wine Enthusiast (February 2012), 90 pts
BEST BUY

"Fresh and open-textured, appealing for its huckleberry and spice flavors, which linger on the refreshing finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. –HS"
- Wine Spectator (June 30th 2011)
, 88 pts

"The 2009 Terra Barossa Winemakers Selection 1 Litre Shiraz gives a very deep garnet-purple color and aromas of warm black cherry and fruits of the forest with some allspice and a whiff of white pepper. Medium-full bodied with a medium level of grainy tannins, it’s generous with the mid-palate ripe fruit flesh and the finish is medium-long. Drinking now, it should remain fresh to 2014."
- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2010), 87 pts
 

2008 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Shiraz, Winemaker's Selection, Barossa 9/1.0L
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UPC code: 7 84585 01101 8

The palate is rich and full with spicy plums and creamy oak. The tannins are fine and give the wine great length of flavor and a superb smooth mouthfeel. Pairs well with foods with richness and flavor such as meat based pasta dishes, red meats or hard cheese.

"The 2008 Terra Barossa Shiraz Winemaker’s Selection was aged in French and American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it is ripe, rich, yet light on its feet. Flavorful, layered, and well-balanced, it will evolve for 2-3 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2011 to 2020. It is an outstanding value.
Thorn-Clarke is a fine source for values from Australia. There are three levels of wine, the Milton Park series lined priced at $13, the Terra Barossa series line priced at $15, and the Shotfire series line priced at $24. Typically they can be found discounted at hard to resist prices."

- Wine Advocate (Issue# 186, Dec. 2009), 90 pts

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2011 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Shiraz, Barossa 12/750ml
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UPC code: 8 53065 00051 1
REGION: Barossa
HARVEST DATE: March 2011
ALCOHOL: 14.5%
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: This vintage had a cool, slow ripening period which has in turn produced elegant red wines.
WINEMAKING: The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice
daily to maximise color, tannin and flavor extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees Celcius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into predominantly American oak to mature.
BARREL AGING: 12 months in American oak.
TASTING NOTES: Lighter in style than usual, the wine offers aromas of sweet berry fruits, plums, pepper and spice. There is rich fruit on the palate displaying plums, blackberry and sweet spice from the subtle oak. Nice soft tannins are accompanied by great length of fruit flavor.

2010 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Shiraz, Barossa 12/750ml
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UPC code: 8 53065 00051 1
REGION: Barossa
HARVEST DATE: March 2010
BOTTLING DATE: March 2011
pH: 3.45
TA: 6.87g/l
ALCOHOL: 14.5%
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: The 2010 vintage followed good winter rainfall in 2009 and allowed the vineyards to commence the 2010 season with good soil moisture levels. This soil moisture, combined with moderate weather conditions throughout most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development. In summary an excellent vintage, with very little extreme weather resulting in fantastic color and flavor in red varietals, and excellent acid and flavor
profiles for whites.
WINEMAKING: The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice
daily to maximise color, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees Celcius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into predominantly American oak to mature.
BARREL AGING: 12 months in American oak.
TASTING NOTES: The color is a deep inky purple. The nose is a complex mixture of ripe blackberry and plum fruit with a dash of creamy vanillin oak. The palate is medium to full bodied which starts with some sweet plummy fruit, the flavor then builds in the palate to provide an explosion of raspberry flavors. There is some lovely mouth coating tannins which combine with dark chocolate oak and fruit to provide a great depth and length of flavor.



Gold – Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
Gold – Hobart Wine Show 2011
Gold – Queensland Wine Show 2011
Silver –
Barossa Wine Show 2011
Bronze –
International Wine Challenge 2012
Bronze – Adelaide Wine Show 2011
Bronze – National Wine Show 2011

"Strong purple-crimson; the sheer consistency of the Thorn-Clarke wines is remarkable; this medium bodied wine brings together gently ripe blackberry and plum fruit; fine grained tannins and a wisp of oak. Great over the next five years."
- James Halliday Wine Companion 2012, 90 pts

- Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting (March/April 2012 Edition) 4 ½ Stars

- Winestate Annual Shiraz Tasting (Sept/ Oct 2011) 4 ½ Stars


"Deep red/purple wine with fruity blackberry nose and a minty, perfumed lift. Medium-bodied palate with intense and complex tarry/licorice flavours. Needs time for fruit to develop. $15"

Top 40 Best Buy – Winestate Magazine, Wine & Spirit Insider, March/April 2012


2009 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Shiraz, Barossa 12/750ml
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UPC code: 8 53065 00051 1
Vinification: the grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in the fermenter, must is then pumped over twice daily to maximize color, tannin and flavor extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22–25ºC range which will allow the wine to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs roughly seven days after crushing and the resulting wine is put into French and American oak.

"This is a lush, full-bodied Barossa Shiraz at a bargain price. Hints of charred wood accent mixed berries and rich, chocolaty flavors. Creamy on the finish, with mouthwatering acidity. Drink now–2012."
- Wine Enthusiast (February 1st 2012), 90 pts


RANKED #12 in the 2012 TOP 100 BEST BUY of the Wine Enthusiast

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Deep red color. The wine is deep and rich smelling with dark fruits, plums, spice and oak. There is very rich fruit on the palate with plums, blackberry and sweet spice from the oak. The palate is vibrant and young with a flavorsome viscous mouthfeel which will develop complexity with time. There are some slightly chewy tannins which will soften with time ( and work at the dinner table) and there is great length of fruit flavor."
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion), 89pts

2008 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Shiraz, Barossa 12/750ml
"The 2008 Terra Barossa Shiraz is opaque purple-colored. Aromas of pencil lead, pepper, violets, blackberry, and blueberry lead to a medium to full-bodied Shiraz with excellent depth and concentration, layered flavors, and a pure finish. It is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 5-7 years."
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Wine Advocate (Dec. 09), 89 pts



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UPC code: 8 53065 00059 7
2010 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Merlot, 12/750ml
The wine was aged for 12 months in tight grain French and American oak.
Medium red in color. The nose is a lifted with attractive spice and mint. The palate is medium weight but full flavored with sweet plum and cherry fruits. The ripe tannins are typical of Merlot, being soft and slightly chalky and are well integrated. The wine finishes with amazing length of fruit cake and dark chocolate.



Gold –
Hobart Wine Show 2011
Silver – Queensland Wine Show 2011
Silver – Adelaide Wine Show 2011
Bronze – Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
Bronze – Barossa Wine Show 2011

"
I guess the quality of this merlot suggests that when you get a great vintage like this one you can actually turn out something pretty good from this variety. Spicy plum and dark chocolate vanilla bean on the nose. The palate is so supple yet with a firm thread of fine tannin and oak in support. This is a substantial statement for merlot and well worth checking out."
- West Australian (19th January 2012), 93 Pts

"As with the 2009, the colour is good, the bouquet expressive and the medium- to full-bodied palate is full of plum and fruitcake flavours. The spine of savoury/spicy tannins provides structure and eliminates the ‘sweet and simple’ tag that merlots at this price can deliver. Value plus; drink or cellar for a year of two."
- James Halliday (June 2011), 91 Pts

- Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting (March/April 2012 Edition), 4 Stars

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Winestate Magazine, Wine & Spirit Insider (March/April 2012), Top 40
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UPC code: 8 53065 00059 7
2009 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Merlot, 12/750ml
"The wine was aged for 12 months in tight grain French and American oak.
Medium red in color. The nose is a lifted with attractive spice and mint. The palate is medium weight but full flavored with sweet plum and cherry fruits. The ripe tannins are typical of Merlot, being soft and slightly chalky and are well integrated. The wine finishes with amazing length of fruit cake and dark chocolate."
-
James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion), 90pts

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UPC code: 8 53065 00059 7
2008 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Merlot, 12/750ml


"I am not a big fan of New World Merlot, but I must say I was shocked by how good the 2008 Terra Barossa Merlot turned out. Filled with notes of chocolate, coffee beans, black cherries, and black plums, it’s a full-bodied, opulently textured red displaying beautiful intensity, purity, and length. It is as good as a $40-$50 Merlot. Drink it over the next 2-3 years."
- Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 89 pts
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UPC code: 8 53065 00057 3
2011 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot 12/750ml
The wine is made from 69% Shiraz, 21%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 10%, Petit Verdot. Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
The color is a deep inky purple. The nose is a complex mixture of lifted berry fruit, pencil shavings/chocolate oak and ripe plums, with a floral lift from the Petit Verdot component. The palate is medium to full bodied. Due to the complexity of the blend, the palate starts with sweet plums and spice and then turns to blackcurrants and liquorice with dark chocolate interwoven throughout the mouth. Soft and sweet tannins then follow on with some great sweet fruit.
Pairs well with sun-dried tomatoes and basil pesto ravioli.

"The 2011 Terra Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot (69%, 21% and 10% respectively) exhibits notes of tobacco leaf, cedarwood, melted chocolate, black currants and vanillin. Medium-bodied, round, juicy and low in acidity, it is a bistro/hamburger/pizza wine that is best drunk in its first several years of life."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 87 pts


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UPC code: 8 53065 00057 3
2010 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot 12/750ml
The wine is made from 69% Shiraz, 21%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 10%, Petit Verdot. Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
The color is a deep inky purple. The nose is a complex mixture of lifted berry fruit, pencil shavings/chocolate oak and ripe plums, with a floral lift from the Petit Verdot component. The palate is medium to full bodied. Due to the complexity of the blend, the palate starts with sweet plums and spice and then turns to blackcurrants and liquorice with dark chocolate interwoven throughout the mouth. Soft and sweet tannins then follow on with some great sweet fruit.

Pairs well with sun-dried tomatoes and basil pesto ravioli.

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UPC code: 8 53065 00057 3
2009 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot 12/750ml
The wine is made from 55% Shiraz, 28%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 17%, Petit Verdot. Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
The wine is a blend of vineyard sites and displays full, rich blackberry fruit and creamy oak. the tannins are fine and give the wine great length of flavor. Pairs well with sun-dried tomatoes and basil pesto ravioli.

"Firm in texture, this red is a bit gritty around a ripe core of cherry and spice flavors, finishing with medium weight. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2014. 5,000 cases made. –HS"
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Wine Spectator (June 30th 2011), 87 pts


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UPC code: 8 53065 00065 8
2011 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Importer's Reserve, Barossa 12/750ml

12 months in mostly French Oak cask with 20% of new barrels.
TA: 7.11
Alcohol: 14%

The color is a deep red. The nose is very lifted with delightful floral notes reminiscent of wild roses. In addition the nose also shows characters of currants, green beans and roasted capsicum. the palate has intense blackcurrant fruit complimented by coffee, nutmeg and dried herbs. The palate is medium bodied with lovely sweet berry fruits right through to the finish. The seamless tannins are soft and silky, adding further complexity to this well balanced wine.

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UPC code: 8 53065 00065 8
2009 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Importer's Reserve, Barossa 12/750ml

The 2009 vintage started a little earlier than usual due to a week of hot weather. Following this, the weather settled down to an extended spell of warm, dry days and cool nights. Some light rain in March provided much needed relief for thirsty vines, and resulted in the vintage -nishing well – producing wines with excellent color and flavor.

The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into open fermenters. Yeast is added immediately and the grape must pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavor extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degrees Celsius range, which allows the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the -nished wine is then put into predominately French oak to mature. 12 months in primarily French oak, with approximately 20 % new oak.

The color is a deep red. The nose is very lifted with delightful floral notes reminiscent of wild roses. In addition the nose also shows characters of currants, green beans and roasted capsicum. the palate has intense blackcurrant fruit complimented by coffee, nutmeg and dried herbs. The palate is medium bodied with lovely sweet berry fruits right through to the finish. The seamless tannins are soft and silky, adding further complexity to this well balanced wine.


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2011 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa 12/750ml
UPC code: 8 53065 00052 8
The wine was aged for 10 months in primarily French Oak.

The 2011 Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of green bean, dried herbs, and dusty cedar like oak. The palate has a lively blackcurrant character on the front palate. This fruity character is balanced by spicy, chocolatey oak. The wine has varietal grainy tannins which are persistent well after the wine has left the mouth.

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2010 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa 12/750ml
UPC code: 8 53065 00052 8
The wine was aged for 10 months in primarily French Oak.

Medium to deep red. The nose has great lift and intensity with a complex mix of cherry ripe, blackberries, liquorice and red current. The palate is medium weight with rich ripe fruit including blackcurrant and dried strawberry notes, which are nicely balanced with some spicy oak. The wine finishes with some fine tannins and good length of sweet fruit.

Bronze –
Sydney Wine Show 2012
Bronze – Barossa Wine Show 2011
Bronze – Adelaide Wine Show 2011
Bronze – National Wine Show 2011
Bronze – Hobart Wine Show 2011

"The smells of blackcurrant and tobacco on the nose with traces of plum and blackberry. The palate is firm and concentrated with terrific richness and depth of pure cabernet fruit. Strikes a great balance of fine grained oak and fine grainy tannin. This is a quality cabernet from an outstanding vintage."
- West Australian (19th January 2012), 94 pts

- Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting (March/April 2012 Edition), 3 ½ Stars


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2009 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa 12/750ml
UPC code: 8 53065 00052 8
The wine was aged for 10 months in primarily French Oak.
Medium to deep red. The nose has great lift and intensity with a complex mix of cherry ripe, blackberries, liquorice and red current. The palate is medium weight with rich ripe fruit including blackcurrant and dried strawberry notes, which are nicely balanced with some spicy oak. The wine finishes with some fine tannins and good length of sweet fruit.


"A great Value, Thorn Clarke's 2009 Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon boasts bold aromas of cedar, cassis and mint, then follows up with similar flavors. It's medium to full in body, with firm tannins and mouthwatering acidity that make it drinkable now but suggest it may age nicely though 2020.- JC"
- Wine Enthusiast (February 2012), 90 pts
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"Ripe, focused and appealing for its deft balance, offering cherry character, with hints of mint in a flavor profile that keeps singing harmoniously on the long finish. Drink now through 2015. 4,500 cases made. –HS"
- Wine Spectator (June 30th 2011), 88 pts


"Deep garnet-purple colored, 2009 Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon gives notes of warm black currants and blueberries with a whiff of dried mint and some underbrush. Very crisp in the mouth, it has a medium-full body and medium-firm grippy tannins, finishing medium-long. Drink it now through 2014."
- Wine Advocate (Dec. 2010), 87 pts




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2008 Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa, Riesling, Eden Valley 12/750ml
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UPC code: 8 53065 00054 2
Crushed, destemmed and then pressed using a membrane press. Pressings were not used. Fermented using French Yeast at 12-15 degrees Celcius. The ferment was kept slow and cool to retain all the natural flavors of the grape. The wine was then racked and filtered. Bottling took place soon afterwards so the wine was a true expression of the grape and the terroir from which it was made.
The wine is a very pale straw with a green tinge. The nose has lifted lemon sherbet and a lime fragrance. The palate is medium bodied with subtle and elegant sweet lemon fruit. Combined with the clean racy acid the flavor builds in the mouth and results in a long finish of intense fruit with lime and lemon rind.

International Wine Challenge, London
BRONZE MEDAL

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