Thorn-Clarke `Sandpiper` Merlot 2010 (6 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

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The Sandpiper range is named after the migratory bird which visits the Thorn-Clarke vineyards annually from the northern hemisphere - something of a reminder of the tenacity and commitment which is required for long term viticulture.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Expert Reviews

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 tanning and oak in support. This is a substantial statement for merlot and well worth checking out. Rating 93 - West Australian (19/JAN/2012)

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 provide structure and eliminates the 'sweet and simple' tag that merlots at this price can deliver. Calue plus; drink or cellar for a year or two. Rating 91 - James Halliday (JUN/2011)

Winery Tasting Notes


Medium red in colour.


The nose is lifted with attractive spice and mint.


The palate is medium weight but full flavoured 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.

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal, 2011 Hobart Wine Show

Silver Medal, 2011 Adelaide Wine Show

Silver Medal, 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show

Bronze Medal, 2011 Barossa Wine Show

Bronze Medal, 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards

SA - Barossa
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After 20 years in vineyard development, Thorn-Clarke is without doubt one of the most exciting Barossa Valley brands to enter the market in some time. The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship between two long time Barossa Families. Founders David and Cheryl Clarke (Nee Thorn) work with their son and daughter, Sam and Nicole, in this family-orientated business. With four family-owned vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valley, Thorn-Clarke produces wines across three ranges (Sandpiper, Shotfire and William Randell). All represent exceptional value and display true regional character. This label showcases the best that the Barossa has to offer.

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