Thorn-Clarke `Sandpiper` Shiraz 2012 (6 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

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$15.90 per Bottle
$95.40 per pack
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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

‘This Barossa shiraz could easily sell for more. It’s surprisingly complex, with a core of jammy berry characters, fruitcakey spice and richness, a flinty touch, and a succulent palate. (Screw cap; 14 per cent alcohol.) Ageing? Drink over 2 years. Food ideas Lamb burgers; eggplant lasagne.’ Rating 90 - Wine Guide, The Age, RAlph Kyte-Powell (JUL/2014)

‘Any shiraz from Australia’s Barossa Valley is guaranteed to storm the barricades of any palate. Big, rich and ripe but not aggressive, this has loads of berry fruit and spicy oak character with ripe plum and toasty, woody flavours matched with soft, round tannins. A savoury style perfect with chops, casseroles or a chunky piece of steak. This is a classic Barossa shiraz, don’t hold back on the onions.’John Hawkesby, Canvas Magazine (JUL/2014)

‘David Clarke and family own 275 hectares of vineyards at three locations along the Eden Valley hills – between Truro in the north and Mount Crawford to the south – and one on the Barossa Valley floor, slightly south of Tanunda. These lie in the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley wine regions – which combined form the large Barossa zone, the appellation used on Sandpiper Shiraz. From these vineyards winemaker Helen McCarthy makes a range of excellent wines, including this generous, satisfying shiraz. It combines bright, plump, ripe varietal flavour with a sympathetic touch of oak and soft tannins characteristic of Barossa shiraz.’ Sunday CAnberra Times (JUN/2014)

Winery Tasting Notes

On release the wine has lifted dark berry and chocolate aromas. The palate demonstrates the same fruit characters as promised on the nose. Rich chocolate and roasted coffee bean characters from oak maturation are noticeable throughout the palate. The wine has a creamy almost silky texture on the palate. The finish of the wine is subtly warming with the creamy berry character lingering after the wine has left the mouth.

Medals & Trophies

Silver, 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show

Silver, 2013 NMedal,ional Wine Show

Bronze, 2014 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

Bronze, 2014 New World Wine Awards (Nz)

Bronze, 2014 Barossa Wine Show

Bronze, 2014 New Zealand InternMedal,ional Wine Show

Bronze, 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show

Bronze, 2013 Hobart Wine Show

Bronze, The 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show

Bronze, 2014 InternMedal,ional Wine Challenge

SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

Brand Profile Image

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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