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
A perennially reliable, moderately priced, quality Barossa Shiraz. This follows a satisfying theme: dark berries, plums, chocolate, a dab of vanillin oak, juicy balance, medium body, smooth texture and depth in the mouth. A savoury backbone of finely textured sandy tannins completes the picture.4 Stars - The Age, Epicure (JUN/2012)
Strong crimson-purple; 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.Rating 90 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012
Sandpiper from Thorn-Clarke is a consistent winner in our tastings. Aroma reminiscent of blackberries, vanilla cream, mild spice and mocha lead through a ripe, medium-bodied palate of agreeable softness. Hearty, meaty pasta dishes work well with this satisfying, mellow drop.
4 Stars - Cusine (JUN/2012)
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.4.5 Star - WINESTATE ANNUAL SHIRAZ TASTING, SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
The colour 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 flavour then builds in the palate to provide an explosion of raspberry flavours. There is some lovely mouth coating tannins which combine with dark chocolate oak and fruit to provide a great depth and length of flavour.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal, 2011 Hobart Wine Show
Gold Medal, 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Silver Medal, 2011 Barossa Wine Show
Silver Medal, 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal, 2012 Queensland Wine Show
Silver Medal, 2012 Shanghai International Wine Challenge
Bronze Medal, 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze Medal, 2011 National Wine Show
Bronze Medal, 2012 International Wine Challenge