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Thorn Clarke 30th anniversary Shiraz
Thorn Clarke
Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley

Rich, inky purple color. Aromas of black cherry and licorice supported by rich vanillin & mocha notes from the American Oak. The palate highlights the intensity of the varietal characters, showing plum and spice, with cocoa, smokey bacon and coffee bean notes below. Dense fruit tannins fill out the palate and lead to a long, complex finish. This is a wine which will comfortably cellar for years to come.

 

Specifications
Appellation
Barossa Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Shiraz
Age of vines
Average 25 years
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
Sandy loam
Vinification
Harvested at optimum flavor ripeness.
Night harvest.
100% de-stemmed.
A Shiraz specific yeast was selected. Fermentation was carried out at a maximum of 28°C.
Remontage (pump over) twice daily. Pump over regimes were adjusted toward the end of fermentation to suit the tannin and flavor extraction of the wine. The wine remained in fermenters for 6-8 days before being pressed and filled to American oak (100% new barrels).
The wine was racked post malolactic fermentation and returned to the same barrels. The wine was topped every month and after six months racked and returned to the same barrels again. Prior to bottling the parcels were emptied from oak and blended. Minimal fining and filtration was carried out prior to bottling.
Production
33 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Great accompaniement to most red meat dishes, with lamb roast being a favorite of the family.

Reviews and News

2016 Thorn Clarke 30th anniversary Shiraz Barossa - 93 PTS & Cellar Selection- WE

2016 Thorn Clarke 30th anniversary Shiraz Barossa - 93 PTS & Cellar Selection- WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"This anniversary bottling offers a complexity aromas including brambly blackberries, game, coffee grounds and chocolate. There's some heat from the steep 15.5% alcohol on the palate, but it's kept relatively in check by fine leathery tannins, juicy fruit, herbs and spices. This has a long life ahead of it. Drink 2020–2034."
- Wine Enthusiast (December 1st 2019), 93 pts & Cellar Selection

Producer Information: Thorn Clarke

The name Thorn-Clarke represents the union between two families with deep roots in the Barossa Valley and six generations of grape growing. Cheryl Clarke’s (née Thorn) family were some of ...
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