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
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