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
Good colour; has the abundant, juicy plum and black cherry fruit expected of the vintage, but doesn't flow so smoothly on the back-palate and finish. Time may well fix the problem, which isn't great in any event. Rating 88 - Drink by 2019, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2014).
Apparently the odd sandpiper (bird species) have been known to fossick about the 275 hectare Thorn-Clarke vineyard.
This is a juicy, fruity, flavoursome shiraz. It’s pretty decent value. It’s all plum and blackberry flavour with a sweet, ripe centre. Importantly it’s well-mannered, dry and clovey through the finish. You can’t go much wrong here. Rating 88 - Drink by 2019, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au (JUN/2014).
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep reed with purple hues.
Sultry blackberry, plum and a subtle smoked meat character on the nose.
The palate is soft and silky with strong flavours and a linear acid line. Throughout the palate the wine has subtle chocolate and cedar French oak character.