Reviews

 

  • Winestate Magazine 2016

    Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World’s Greatest Shiraz 2016

    4 Stars

  • Winestate Magazine 2016

    Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World’s Greatest Shiraz 2016

    4 Stars 

  • Raymond Chan - New Zealand 2015

    Raymond Chan - New Zealand 2015

    17.5 / 20 - Fruit from ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’ in the Barossa, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak. Very dark, black-red colour, near impenetrable, with ruby hues on the rim. The nose is tightly packed with firm and concentrated aromas of ripe blackcurrants and cassis liqueur, along with soft mint herb and leafy detail. This has varietal purity and austerity. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a sweetly rich heart of pure blackcurrant and cassis fruit flavours. Some mint herb and a suggestion of leaf show. The fruit is underlined by soft, grainy textures and ripe acid liveliness. The flavours are open but have a deep core and line that leads to a long, elegant finish with soft blackcurrant nuances. This is a classical Cabernet Sauvignon with pure blackcurrant flavours on a balanced, accessible palate. Match with roast lamb and with hard cheeses over the next 5-6 years.


Cabernet Sauvignon on Heatherdale Shale Soil 2008

  • James Halliday - May 2011

    93 Points - Very good colour, full crimson-purple; hand plunged, open-fermented and matured for 20 months in new and French and American hogshead; a remarkable achievement for the vintage, although the presence of some green olive notes suggest the fruit may have not been 100% ripe; the flavours are intense, the tannins appropriately firm, and the oak not overly intrusive. Drink to 2028.


Malbec on Truro Volcanic Soil 2008

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    4.5*

  • Wine Spectator, July 2011

    91 Points - Supple, vibrant and delicious for its generous currant, blackberry and coffee flavours, mingling expressively on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2014.

  • James Halliday - May 2011

    92 Points - Deep crimson-purple; a wine full of character, with spiced plum fruit and nuances of chocolate; the alcohol accentuates the inherent lack of structure rather than hiding it; nonetheless, a wine of merit. Drink to 2018.

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2010

    90+ Points - Very deep garnet-purple coloured, 2008 Barossa Terroirs Malbec provides and earthy beginning to the nose with an alluring undercurrent of mulberries, dried plums, figs, cassia and nutmeg. Opulently fruited and full bodied, it has medium-firm fine-grained tannins, refreshing acid and a long spicy finish. Drink it now to 2016+.


Morello Nebbiolo 2009

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    89 Points: 'Star-brights crimson-purple; is not overshadowed by nebbiolos costing twice as much (or more); it ticks all the boxes, cherry, violet, tannins and acidity dancing a quadrille.'


Morello Nebbiolo 2008

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    90 Points

  • Winestate Annual 2012

    Beautiful wine smelling of blackcurrants, and a big, juicy, savoury palate with a lovely core of fruit and good level of tannins. Built to last.

  • Winestate 'Italian and Spanish Tasting' March / April 2011

    4* - Equal Top in Category

  • Tim White - Weekend Australian Financial Review, 27 November 2010

    Thorn-Clarke in the Barossa Valley is knocking out some seriously moreish Nebbiolo under its Morello label, and can be found for $20.


Morello Nebbiolo 2006

  • Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller Wine, August 2010

    'Top Drops Of Month' - ' You don't usually find this much glorious, true to style varietal character, rose-scented cherry fruit, savoury, dusty tannin grip - in Nebbiolo under $50, let alone around $20'

  • 2009 / 2010 Big Red Wine Book; Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh

    91 Points; ‘Nebbiolo is notoriously difficult to get right, and decent examples usually come at a high price. We’re not sure what Thorn-Clarke’s secret is, but we hope it keeps doing it!

  • Tim White,The Australian Financial Review, 28 November 2008

    93 Points ; Varietally authentic Australian Nebbiolo for under $20? Amazing! Smells really good this: loganberries, a sniff of violet, hot terracotta and really quite perfumed. Attacks forest berry sharp and sapid on the tongue, builds big, scrunchy ‘nebb tannins, which then melt at the back and mingle with the pippy fruit’


Petit Verdot Shiraz on Melt Water Sand 2008

  • James Halliday - May 2011

    92 Points - Deep red-purple, good for the vintage; a potent and powerful wine, even after 20 months in new French hogsheads; black fruits and touches of tar are backed by strong tannins that, happily, don't come over the top on the second taste. Nonetheless, needs a minimum of five years. Drink to 2020.


Shiraz on Bay of Biscay Soil 2008

  • James Halliday - May 2011

    92 Points - Strong red-purple; the power and concentration of the wine is amplified by its very high alcohol. Black fruits, the same oak treatment as the St Kitts vineyard, strong tannins are at its core, but the grapes were apparently picked while the heatwave was underway. Drink to 2023


Shiraz on Cambrian Greywacke Soil 2008

  • James Halliday - May 2011

    92 Points - Deep healthy colour; potent plum, spice and some licorice aromas and flavours are unified by 20 months in new French oak and powerful tannins. Will be very long lived. Drink to 2038.


Ron Thorn Shiraz 2014

  • 92 PointsWine Spectator Nov 2016

    The dill, smoky mahogany, cedar and tobacco notes are distinctive and aromatic, balanced against wild blackberry and huckleberry flavours. Intense and bold, with rustic tannins. A smoky bacon-like accent lingers on the finish.

  • James Halliday, May 2017

    95 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion Top Cellaring Wines, May 2017

  • Winestate Magazine, April 2017

    4 1/2 Stars - Winestate Magazine, April 2017

    A big Barossa wine. Lovely perfumed oak lifts off the fruit filled nose and the oak driven palate is dark and rich with generous amount of old vine fruit underneath.


Ron Thorn Shiraz 2012

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    97 Points - 'Substantial wine in all respects. The Incredible Hulk in a glass, though a lot classier. Deep black berry, boysenberry and coffee-cream flavour, a deep river of tannin, an aspect of brood but not lack of brightness either. It’s a heavy-hitter but it’s not just that; it’s neat, it exercises its power both responsibly and with a form of precision, and it flies boldly through the finish as if there’s not a shadow of a doubt that the future is a place where it belongs.'

  • Wine Spectator, Web Issue, 2015

    WINE SPECTATOR, WEB ISSUE, 2015

    93 Points - 'Plush and generous, dark and expressive, focusing the blackberry, plum and floral flavours into a supple structure, coming together into a seamless finish. Has tremendous presence and persistence, with fine, beautifully submerged tannins. Drink now through 2025. 300 cases made. -HS'

  • Wine Spectator 2016

    96 Points / Editor’s Choice – Wine Spectator December 2016

    Thorn-Clarke has taken its Shiraz to a new level with this single-vineyard wine, bottled only in exceptional vintages. The 100% new American oak gives this a classic Barossa profile, starting with vanilla, cedar and maple syrup-like notes and flowing seamlessly through ripe blackberry and plum flavours. It’s full-bodied, lush and creamy in texture, with a long, velvety finish.

  • Wine Enthusiast - 2016

    WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE, 2016

    96 Points

  • Winestate, The Annual Edition, 2016

    WINESTATE, THE ANNUAL EDITION, 2016

    4.5 Stars 

  • WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

    WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

    4.5*


Ron Thorn Shiraz 2010

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

    JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2014

    96 Points: ‘Deep crimson-purple; if you are looking for a rich, velvety black-fruited shiraz, you won’t do much better than this; high quality oak integration from a lengthy sojourn in barrel, and ripe, plump tannins come together with conviction.’ 

  • Wine Spectator Vol. 10, No. 48 December 17th, 2014

    WINE SPECTATOR, DECEMBER 2014

    95 Points: ‘Big and rich, with powerful, meaty, spicy black fruit and creme brulee flavours that gain momentum in an open texture. The finish is framed by fine tannins and refreshing acidity on the long finish. Drink now through 2025.’

  • MIKE BENNIE, WINE BUSINESS MAGAZINE, MARCH 2015

    MIKE BENNIE, WINE BUSINESS MAGAZINE, MARCH 2015

    95 Points: ‘If you’re after a nouveau style Barossa wine, step away from the bottle, this is old school, but good school gear. Full tilt in flavour and weight, it’s a boldly flavoured, oak framed wine of deep concentration, persistence, palate drenching fruit and wild, ripe fruit driven scents. Pulses through the mouth with heft but knife edge balance. Impressive example of the style.’

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2016

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2016

    95 Points 

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    95 Points 

  • Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar Magazine 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER, INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR MAGAZINE 2014

    92 Points: ‘Inky purple. Heady smoke-and spice-tinged aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, licorice candy and potpourri. Lush and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering sweet dark fruit flavours and a suave violet pastille flourish. Lingers with excellent tenacity on the penetrating, persistent finish, which is framed by velvety, slow-building tannins.’

  • TONY LOVE, SA WEEKEND, APRIL 2015

    TONY LOVE, SA WEEKEND, APRIL 2015

    ‘Thorn-Clarke Ron Thorn 2010 Shiraz comes in a very heavy bottle designed to impose a serious first impression. From an exceptional vintage, it’s big, dark, full-bodied, bold and muscly an all–stops-out shiraz only just starting to reveal its complex maturation characters. The 2012 is soon on the way as well.’


William Randell Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

  • halliday 2016

    95 PointsJames Halliday Wine Companion 2016

    Night-harvested from the Milton Park Vineyard, fermented in small batches, matured for 16 months in French hogsheads. A wholly convincing Eden Valley cabernet, purity and intensity the two pillars around which the wine is built. Cabernet is seldom as supple and immediately enjoyable as this wine, cassis flowing evenly across and along the palate, fine tannins and cedary French oak providing the final touches.

  • Bob Campbell 2016

    94 Points / Silver Ribbon – Bob Campbell 2016 NZ

    Dense, lean and linear cabernet sauvignon, with taut blackcurrant, cassis, graphite, fresh herb and spicy oak flavours. It's a bit of a sleeper with exciting development potential.’

  • WBM Aug16

    93 PointsWine Business Monthly, August 2016

    The William Randell wines are turbocharged but find a sleek carriage of their potent fruit and oak flavours. This has lashings of dark berries, plum, choc-mocha, malt and minty herbs. It’s a thick set but held tight, saturating the pallet and lashing the senses.

  • James Halliday, May 2017

    95 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion Top Cellaring Wines, May 2017

  • The Wine Front - 2016

    The Wine Front

    94 Points – Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from an excellent vintage. Deep, dark fruit crashes over firm, ropey tannin. To say that this will live and mature over a long period is an understatement. Mint, cassis, clovey oak, undergrowth. A substantial wine with a substantial future.

  • Raymond Chan - April 2016

    Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016

    18.5/20 - Dark, deep, near saturated black-red colour with a touch of garnet on the edge. The nose is very firm and tightly bound with concentrated aromas of blackberry fruit harmoniously entwined with layers of menthol and cedar, revealing nuances of eucalypt, black olives and cassis. The aromatics build in intensity with aeration. Full-bodied, the palate features a firm and tightly concentrated heart with layers of rich and lusciously sweet, blackcurrant fruit with cassis, blackberries, menthol. mint and cedar. The palate is well-constructed with plenty of fine-grained tannin extraction forming a firm and dense core, with integrated acidity lending tension and drive, and enhancing the fruit sweetness. The structure carries the flavours to a long, lingering finish. This is a finely concentrated, firm, but fine-grained Cabernet Sauvignon with sweet blackcurrant fruit and layers of cassis, menthol, mint and cedar. Serve with lamb and beef, and with hard cheeses over the next 7-10 years. Fruit from ‘Milton’ Park, Eden Valley, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in French oak hogsheads.


William Randell Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    97 Points - 'Eden Valley, cabernet sauvignon and '12 is a potent combination, with guaranteed success, but excels itself in this wine with its joyous display of cassis, superfine tannins and all-encompassing freshness.'

  • The Wine Front, Campbell Mattison, November 2014

    THE WINE FRONT, CAMPBELL MATTISON, NOVEMBER 2014

    95 Points - ‘Eden Valley cabernet sauvignon for the cellar? We have a contender. I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had here, as a young wine. But I would say that there’s a wealth of enjoyment in store, for the patient. It’s a dry, sinewy wine, as much about sinewy wine, as much about structure as fruit, with fresh, dusty, tangy herbs threaded through boysenberried, cranberried, currant fruit. Oak has integrated terrifically well and the tangy, almost spritzy nature of the fruit gives it a keen sense of life. It’s not a huge wine, but it will unfold both slowly and majestically.’

     


William Randell Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2013: Published on 10th of July 2013

    94 Points: 'Full crimson-purple; while quite soft overall, both in fruit and tannin terms, the wine is full-bodied and fleshy, with dark chocolate and licorice joining the blackcurrant fruit and cedary oak.'

  • Tony Keys, The Key Review of Wine July 2014

    THE KEY REVIEW OF WINE, TONY KEYS, JULY 2014

    94 Points: ‘Two layers to this wine, the top layer is richer fruit cake but then coming in underneath are notes of mint, it makes an interesting mix that keeps the mind occupied as it travels towards the finish. The perfume is more cool mint in character. There was something that didn’t quite gel with me so I can only go to 94 (generous) but I think others may take it further. For many $60 will be worth it, for others not.’

  • 94 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April, 2014

    WINE ENTHUSIAST, APRIL, 2014

    94 Points

  • www.daily examiner.com.au, Grape Expectations with Max Crus, March 1st 2014

    'Thorn-Clarke "William Randell" Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, $60. Years ago, on a Murray River caving expedition, we found "Capt Randell 1876" inscribed on the back wall of one. Thorn-Clarke's ancestor was a Murray pioneer. A toast then to dark places and dark-red, luscious wine. 9/10.'

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    91 Points: ‘Fresh, focused and deftly balanced, this is replete with currant, plum and dark berry fruit that is shaded by hints of mint, fromage blanc and white pepper. Comes together seamlessly on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2020. 750 cases made. -HS’

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March/April 2013 Edition

    4 1/2 Stars


William Randell Shiraz 2014

  • Bob Campbell, 2016

    95 Points / Gold RibbonBob Campbell 2016, NZ

    ‘A rich, textural wine with dense plum, dark berry, blackcurrant and chocolate/mocha flavours. Impressive concentration with obvious cellaring potential.’

  • WBM Aug16

    94 PointsWine Business Monthly,  August 2016

    This isn't a wallflower when it comes to potency of fruit and mesh of oak, but it sure does give the drinker a good slug of Barossa Valley Shiraz at its most powerful. Thick, syrupy textured with licks of mocha mint among plummy fruit and creamy texture. Big done very well.

  • The Wine Front 2016

    The Wine Front

    93 Points – Barossa Valley Shiraz, done up to the nines. The oak is fairly obvious here but then, so too is the depth of fruit. We’re talking bold, deep blackberry and saturated plum here, with tips of mint and then sweeps of coffee-cream, chocolatey oak. It struts through the palate, all cuddly and warm.

  • Huon Hooke

    92 PointsHuon Hooke 2016

    Deep Red/purple hue and a chocolaty, smoky, earthy oak driven aroma. The barrels dominate, and the oak seems to be sitting apart from the wine. It’s a big, dense, rich wine, with dominant vanilla and cholate oak-derived flavours. The tannins are drying but smooth.

  • Winewise - May 2016

     

    4 ½ StarsWinewise May 2016

    ‘A very impressive Barossa shiraz offering vibrant, rich blackberry varietal character backed up by precise oak handling. The finish is long and the firm, fine tannins linger. Well worth cellaring.’

  • Winestate

    4 Stars – Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World’s Greatest Shiraz 2016

  • James Halliday, May 2017

    95 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion Top Cellaring Wines, May 2017

  • Winestate Magazeine, April 2017

    4 Stars - Winestate Magazine, April 2017

    A big wine that exhibits plenty of oak and fruit tannins but has enough of the super sweet varietal fruit to push through it all.

  • NZ Drinks Biz Magazine

    New Zealand Drinks Biz Magazine - June 2016

    If dark chocolate, intense vanilla, black plums, dried leaves and smoky notes all sound like an interesting and complex range of flavours, then meet Thorn Clarke's William Randell Shiraz. What a  wine; it's bone dry with high but balanced acidity, big tannins (which need a little time to soften) and a full body. Its long finish adds to its very good quality. It drinks well now but has potential to age for up to 10 years and beyond.

  • Winestate Magazine 2016

     Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World’s Greatest Shiraz 2016

    4 Stars

  • Raymond Chan - April 2016

    Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016

    19.0-/20 - Very deep, dark, near impenetrable, purple-hued black-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a softly concentrated, deep and densely packed nose of ripe black plums, blackberries, liquorice, earth and chocolate aromas, along with gentle waves of cedar and bacon-like oak elements. Full-bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe black plums, blackberries and liquorice are melded with chocolate and cedar, and fill the palate with richness and sweetness. The mouthfeel is seamless as it opens, unfolding waves of spices and oak. The fruit richness is balanced by considerable structure from fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction. Soft acidity contributes to the mouthfilling flavours and the wine carries to a very long, lingering finish of plums, liquorice, spices and cedar. This is a very rich and layered Shiraz with mases of black plum, liquorice and cedar flavour and a seamless, fine-grained, fully-structured palate. Match with game meat, casseroles and slow-cooked meats over the next 7-9+ years. Fruit from ‘St Kitts’ and ‘Milton Park’, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 40% new American oak.


William Randell Shiraz 2012

  • RAY JORDAN, WEST AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 2015

    RAY JORDAN, WEST AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 2015

    95/100 – ‘Wow, there’s plenty happening in this deep, rich and super-concentrated Barossa shiraz. Loads of dark chocolate and mocha plum-pudding characters. A sprinkle of spices and some nice coffee oak influence provide further enticing complexity. There’s power, yet admirable control and finesse. Terrific.’

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2016

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2016

    95 Points 

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2015

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    95 Points 

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    93 Points - 'Seems to have looked to McLaren Vale and borrowed some of that region's dark chocolate signature, but also added the depth of Barossa Valley shiraz in a top vintage, and thrown in a bucket of firm, savoury/earthy tannins for good measure. Demands further time in bottle.'

  • WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER, JANUARY, 2015

    WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER, JANUARY, 2015 

    92 Points – ‘Supple and expressive, with a layer of firm tannins, showing tea leaf and tar overtones to the dark berry and spice flavours. Comes together harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2016 through 2022.- H.S.’

  • The Wine Front, Campbell Mattison, November 2014

    THE WINE FRONT, CAMPBELL MATTISON, NOVEMBER 2014

    92 Points – ‘You wouldn’t want to be oak averse, that’s for certain. This lays syrupy, toasty, chocolatey oak on pretty thick. The accompanying presser suggests that it’s moving towards a more “elegant, silky palate structure” but it’s hard to find elegance at this early stage of its life. Grunty tannin, full-bodied dark berried fruit, gum leaf notes, and a firm, extractive finish. It needs time. For volume of fruit, and smoothness of texture, it however cannot be faulted.’

  • Wine Enthusiast - 2016

    WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE - 2016

    93 Points

  • WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

    WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

    3.5*


William Randell Shiraz 2010

  • James Halliday, Weekend Australian, November 2012

    97 Points: 'Inky purple crimson; as the colour promises, a wine saturated with all manner of black fruits and bitter chocolate. Yet it has an open-weave texture that keeps it light on its feet and allows a farewell of juicy fruit to find its way through the quality oak and fine tannins. An exceptional shiraz.'

  • Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2013

    93 Points: 'Stylish and engaging, with the stablity and structure to age well. Its heady, floral bouquet of small-berries and plums, fine grained and newish cedar/vanilla/bubblegum oak is laced with scents of violets and raspberries. It's smooth, deeply layered and intensely flavoured, with a pristine presence of dark, sour-edged fruits and tightly knit oak underpinned by firmish, dusty tannins. It finishes with length, balance and brightness.'

  • Wine Enthusiast, September 2013

    92 Points

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    90 Points

  • Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine – 1/07/2014

    AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE – 1/07/2014

    90 Points: ‘Thorn-Clarke William Randell is another densely structured and flavoured wine that was quite closed at first but revealed considerable depth of dark berry fruit. Forrestal told us, “floral and dried herb notes. Attractive, vibrant and almost juicy palate. Powerful, rich and concentrated with the fruit weight to balance the tannins.”  The wine needs several years to open up and will live for many.’

  • Adelaide Review Hottest 100 wines for 2013

    'This plush, textural fruit rich wine has a welcoming savoury finesse with a warm energy that punctuates no matter the climate'

  • WINELIFE, HOLLAND, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015

    WINELIFE, HOLLAND, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015

    ‘Adventures, with sweet fruit and chocolate, characteristic for Barossa, and lively acidity. Cleaver to keep rich and fresh in balance. Beautiful wine with venison and distinct cheeses as reblochon. Alot of wine for your money.’

  • Ray Jordan, The Weekend West, February 2014

    'This is still from the greater Barossa region but it's from a high-altitude, cooler climate site at the northern end so it has a coolish influence on the Barossa characters. It's a multi-layered and deeply complex shiraz from a super year. Smooth and silky but with real grunt and power.'

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March/April 2013 Edition

    3 Stars


William Randell Shiraz 2008

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    95 Points: 'Dense, deep-purple crimson; an enormously concentrated and powerful shiraz, with so much depth to its black fruits and accompanying tannins it is hard to visualise how long it will take to open up and mature, but the balance is there. Drink to 2030'

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    5 Stars: 'Super rich and oaky - "Not for the feint hearted", according to one judge. Dense, complex, fruit cake aromas and a huge, warm, chocolaty palate with big, chewy tannins.'

  • Wine Spectator, October 2011

    90 Points: 'Ripe and broad, with a purity of spicy, coffee-accented berry and purple plum flavours that ride over a plush texture and linger on the rich but balanced finish. Best from 2012 through 2018.'


William Randell Shiraz 2006

  • Australian Gourmet Traveller, November 2011

    92 Points 'Very ripe and rich but not overdone; the colour is dark; the nose essency with blackberry aromas that stop just short of jammy. Full-bodied, profound and solid, it's assertive in its tannins but balanced, and even makes some claim to elegance'

  • 2010 / 2011 Big Red Wine Book; Campbell Mattinson & Garry Walsh

    93 Points ' Dark fruit flavours are gorgeous, and it slips down so easily, and its tannin structure is so insistently firm and.....and.... It's hard not to enjoy it, and admire it. It's a big, silken, oak-driven red of wonderful dimension.'

  • James Halliday 2010 Wine Companion

    94 Points ; ‘Very Dense colour; a super-rich wine with layers of black fruits glued together by fine, but persistent, tannins and quality oak; drink to 2021’

  • Lester Jesberg, WINEWISE, July 2010

    Outstanding - ‘This wine is about power and vibrancy. Strong varietal blackberry fruit is supported by slightly toasty oak on a palate that is both opulent and delicious’

  • Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, Issue 186, December 2009

    91+ Points.

  • Wine Spectator, July 2009

    93 Points; ‘Bright, generous and focused, brimming with juicy blackberry, liquorice, mint and cream flavours that linger easily as the finish sails on and on. Stylish and graceful. Drink now through 2020. – H.S.’

  • Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au

    93 Points 'For once I'm lost for words, I just think of an introduction. Thick nougat, mocha and vanilla oak though there's plenty of rich dark fruit too (blackberry mainly, I'd say) - some Barossan tar and a little mint. Marries savoury and sweet fruit flavours really well, has excellent density, concentration and ripe tannin, and despite its scale, drinks very well. Hint of bitterness on the finish. Boroque, but a very good wine within its style. And yes I liked it.'


William Randell Shiraz 2005

  • James Halliday

    94 Points - James Halliday's Wine Companion 2009


Shotfire Shiraz 2015

  • Bob Campbell MW, June 2017

    92 Points - Bob Campbell MW, June 2017

    Big, ripe Shiraz with plum, dark berry, chocolate, mocha and vanilla flavours. Quite a fresh, vibrant wine that's not at all cloying. Approachable now - but no rush. Good value at this price

  • Key Review, April 2017

    94 Points - Key Review, Tony Keys, April 2017

    Slight dusty (good) nose one could say aged character but its only 2015 vintage. Fruit comes through on the palate and it’s a gorgeous mulberry/blackberry tart fruit style never heavy but no weakling, well balanced, good food wine. 

  • Best Wines under $20

    95 Points - 'Best wines under $20', Kim Brebach, April 2017

    A different kind of Shiraz, in fact I’d have picked it as their Bordeaux blend because of the strong aromas of cassis and blackberries. The fruit is ripe, plush and intense in the Shotfire style, almost too much of a good thing but held in check by a tight finish. Tour de force.

  • Tony Love, Advertiser April 2017

    4 1/2 Stars - Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, April 2017

    Absolutely classic Barossa Shiraz: Ripe, dark fruit, plum compote if you wish to define the aromas, aided by a sweet oak influence that sits well here, adding structure and depth to the palate which comes alive as you taste. Terrific acidity keeps the wine fresh and lively in the finish, with just enough sticky grip in the mouthfeel to hold the flavours in without closing down the flow. Good complexity and layers of interest. 

  • Raymond Chan mar17

    18.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, April 2016

    Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full and voluminous with rich, ripe, up-front, near opulent aromas of blackberries melded with liquorice and subtle layers of savoury eucalyptus and cedar, and oak vanilla notes. The aromatics are harmonious and integrated. Full-bodied, the palate features rich and plush fruit flavours of ripe blackberries and liquorice entwined with dark plums, cedar and oak vanilla. The fruit is vibrant and lively, and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction, providing mouthfilling body, depth and grip. Lacy, background acidity lends energy and the wine carries with underlying power to a long and sustained finish of liquorice and cedar. This is a rich and lusciously sweet, ripe Shiraz with blackberry and plum fruit melded with cedary oak on a well-structured palate with a vibrant mouthfeel. Match with roast lamb and slow-cooked game meats over the next 6-8 years.


Shotfire Shiraz 2014

  • Wine Spectator 2016

    90 Points – Wine Spectator 2016

  • Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World’s Greatest Shiraz 2016

    4 Stars – Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World’s Greatest Shiraz 2016

  • Cuisine Magazine New Zealand – June 2016

    4 Stars – Cuisine Magazine New Zealand – June 2016


Shotfire Shiraz 2013

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    95 Points - 'It’s good. It champs at the bit to show off its sweet, jubey fruit but via chains of herb-shot tannin a sense of control is maintained. There’s pretty much no doubting this is a beautiful red wine to drink. For now, or for later. It sits on the cusp of jasminess, all jellied and blackberried, with hints of raspberry and mint simply ramping the deliciousness higher. Value, what value.'

  • WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

    WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

    3.5*


Shotfire Shiraz 2012

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2016

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2016

    93 Points 

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

    JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2014

    92 Points:A generous medium to full-bodied wine, the bouquet and palate offering plum, blackberry, and dabs of chocolate and vanilla ex oak first up, given complexity by the brambly, savoury finish.’

  • Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au , 13th of June 2014

    CAMPBELL MATTINSON WWW.WINEFRONT.COM.AU, 13TH OF JUNE 2014

    92 Points: ‘Shotfire Shiraz is back to its reliable, full-bodied self. It’s a big red but it’s not overdone. It does taste of blackberry, coal and tar and the flavour profile is generally at the bigger, exaggerated end of the ripeness spectrum. But it retains a freshness, a clean drinkability, a gutsy rendition of elegance. Smoky, clovey, almost ferrous tannin is a welcome feature. As are gentle infusions of raspberry and vanilla cream. It’s good winter drinking.’

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2015

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    92 Points 

  • Ray Jordan, West Australian, November 2014

    RAY JORDAN, WEST AUSTRALIAN NOVEMBER, 2014

    91/100: ‘A solid and concentrated Barossa Shiraz from a very good year. Dark plum and blackcurrant fruit concentration makes up a dense and opulently lush palate. Lots of oak influence with ripe firm tannins in support. Lovely lick of dark chocolate on the finish.’

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Scores 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

    91 Points: ‘Bright purple. Sexy cassis, blackberry and vanilla aromas are complemented by hints of peppery spices, licorice and mocha. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering intense dark berry flavours, a touch of spicecake and very good depth. The licorice and cassis notes repeat on the energetic, youthfully tannic finish.’

  • Winestate, The Annual Edition, 2016

    WINESTATE, THE ANNUAL EDITION, 2016

    4 Stars 

  • WINELIFE, HOLLAND, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015

    WINELIFE, HOLLAND, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015

    'Intense wine which funnily enough is very easy to drink. Ideal wine to pour at the table with dishes with a pronounced flavour like red meat with a garnish of earthy vegetables as parsnip.'


Shotfire Shiraz 2011

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 2013

    90 Points: 'The outstanding 2011 Shotfire Shiraz (aged 14-16 months in American and French hogsheads) delivers considerable value and flavour authority. Its deep ruby/purple colour is accompanied by notes of blackberries, black currants, licorice, graphite and subtle barbecue smoke. Rich, fleshy and dense, it is best consumed over the next 3-4 years.'

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    89 Points

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March/April 2013 Edition

    3 Stars


Shotfire Shiraz 2010

  • Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2013

    91 Points - Smooth, polished and fruit-driven, with a bright, violet-like fragrance of small black and red berries, plums and dusty, cedary oak backed by herbal notes and a hint of menthol. Full to medium-bodied, its even, measured palate of juicy fruit and tightly knit oak are underpinned by supple, loose knit tannins. Finely balanced and gentle.

  • Money Magazine, January, 2013

    Thorn-Clarke has been growing grapes in the Barossa Valley for six generations and has recently moved into winemaking with considerable success. The "Shotfire" range bridges the gap between its entry-level and top-flight wines and consistently represents excellent value.

  • National Liquor News, August 2012

    Rich and complex with dry, grippy tannins on the finish. Luscious oak with chocolate hints that is bound to be popular with consumers.

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012

    90 Points - Dark ruby/purple, with notes of roasted coconut, graphite, damp earth, blackberry and casses, this perfumed wine hits the palate with a thunderous richness from the glycerin and dense fruit. Quite sexy, stunning, with some structured tannin in the finish, this wine should drink well for another 5-7 years.

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    92 Points: 'There is a lot of wine here for the price, with blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and well balanced spicy oak; the palate is firm and focused, revealing tension between its components; good now and with plenty of fuel in the tank for the future.'

  • Wine Spectator 2012

    90 Points - Smooth, polished and open textured, with a violet note weaving through the plum and blackberry flavours, lingering easily. Drink now through 2018.

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    5* - Ripe style without being over ripe. Beautiful varietal fruit vibrancy balanced with well-handled oak and a lovely, firm, seamless tannic backbone. Has warmth, texture and structure.


Shotfire Shiraz 2009

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    94 Points; 'Strong crimson-purple; the rich, complex dark fruits of the bouquet expand on the medium to full-bodied palate into a savoury, spicy array of plum, blackberry and dark chocolate flavours. Open-fermented and spends 14 months in oak; has a marvellous show record over the past 10 years.'

  • Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012

    91 Points - Something more complex and savoury than the traditional Barossa style of previous vintages, with a spicy, almost confiture-like bouquet of cassis, raspberries and dark plums lifted by a whiff of dark ppper and backed by assertive, but appropriately smoky, meaty oak. Long, smooth and juicy, with intense pastille-like fruit and fresh smoky chocolate oak, it's firm and textured with appealing earthy, reductive undertones.

  • Cuisine Magazine (NZ), July 2011, Issue #147

    5* and 2nd overall in Annual Shiraz tasting - A classic Barossa style from on of the region's modern stars. Thoughts of roast lamb are fellow travellers with this wine's blackberry-like fruit, chocolatey depth, spice and silky texture. Vibrant, rich flavours supported by tight, firm tannins. Excellent.

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March/April 2011

    5* & 'Equal Top of Category'; Good depth of crimson hue, Inky dark fruit aromas complimented by some nice toasty oak. Rich, dense palate with good flavour persistence, and mouth-coating tannins. Very stylish. 5+ years.

  • Winewise Magazine, February 2011

    Big Red Bargains; This provides a true expression of the Barossa. It displays rich blackberry aromas and lip smacking flavours, it's full bodied and totally satisfying - its oak, powerful fruit and savoury tannins are all in balance, inviting another glass. (14.5% Screwcap)

  • Toronto Star Canada, November 13, 2010; Gord Stimmell

    92 Points; This is lush gush Barossa fruit, with blackberry, cedar, blueberry and a hint of eucalyptus. Flavours show rich chocolate-layered plum and cassis.


Shotfire Shiraz 2008

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2011

    94 Points - 'slightly less dense colour than Sandpiper; lifted plum, dark chocolate and blackberry fruit aromas are followed by an energetic palate that gains velocity on the finish and aftertaste. Drink to 2020

  • Winestate Magazine Sept / Oct 2010

    'Equal Top of Category' - Worlds Greatest Shiraz Challenge

  • Wine NZ Magazine Winter 2010

    Shiraz Shortlist - 'Boysenberry jam on the nose. Pure, bold youthful fruit rolls through the palate exhibiting cassis, blackberry, vanilla and toast. Youthful but lush textured, sweet-fruited and very generous. Oak is well-intergrated as are the robust, ripe round tannins.

  • Lester Jesberg, WINEWISE, March 2010

    Highly Recommended; 'A big ripe blackberry scented style with big, flavour-packed palate'

  • Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au

    93 Points ; ‘It’s got the grunt and it’s got the flavour. Lots of ripe, muscular tannin and dark, coal-like, blackberried fruit flavour. Almost porty, but not quite. Shows some obvious vanillin oak, but it works hand-in-glove with the overall style of the wine. Smooth through the mid-palate, but grainy through the finish. Barossan to its back (or should that be black) teeth. Really good kit’

  • Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, Issue 186, December 2009

    90 Points ; ‘purple in colour, it offers up a nose of toasty oak, Asian spices, incense, blueberry, and blackberry. On the palate it has excellent flavours in a plush, nearly opulent style. The wine is balanced, rich, fleshy, and ripe. Drink this full flavoured effort over the next 6-8 years’


Shotfire Shiraz 2007

  • Campbell Mattinson & Garry Walsh; 2009 / 2010 The Big Red Wine Book

    2007 Shotfire Shiraz awarded ‘Boutique Bargain of the Year’ - 94 points. This is stagerring value. It’s rare to find a wine at this price that you can pop confidently into the cellar and expect to improve over a handful of years, yet this will do it in a canter. What makes us bubble with enthusiasm even more, though, is that it tastes great right now, because it’s so rich, chewy, balanced and smooth. They reckon it will start becoming scarce on shop shelves around October 2009 – so get in quick.


Shotfire Cabernet Shiraz 2013

  • James Halliday 2017

    James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017

    90 Points –  The blend of the two main black fruits is also a blend of blackcurrant and blackberry, which is as it should be, of course, but then there's a crossfire between the juiciness of the fruit flavours and the savoury tannins (the last the contribution of cabernet I would assume).


Shotfire Cabernet Shiraz 2012

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    92 Points - '76/24% blend. Stern and gruff with dusty, herbal characters but sweet, curranty fruit wins the day. Good heft. Will continue to develop but is already drinking well.'

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Scores 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

    91 Points: ‘Brilliant purple. Perfumed aromas of fresh cherry, boysenberry and cola, with a smoky topnote. Lush, round and supple, offering juicy dark fruit flavours that smoothly blend richness with vivacity. A very long, gently tannic finish features persistent dark berry flavours and a touch of peppery spices.’

  • Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, November 2014

    ROBERT PARKER - THE WINE ADVOCATE, NOVEMBER 2014

    89 Points: ‘This is one of my go-to wineries for top values from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The Thorn family has been growing grapes since the 1870’s, and the quality of these wines are impressive. Moreover, the prices are almost ridiculously low, making these wines frequent entries in The Wine Advocate. I enjoyed the 2012 Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, a blend of 76% of the former and 24% of the latter. This attractive, dense, elegant red possesses good purity as well as delicious blackcurrant and blackberry fruit intermixed with tobacco leaf, baking spices and background oak characteristics. Medium to full-bodied and lush, it is ideal for drinking over the next 3-4 years.’


Shotfire Cabernet Shiraz 2011

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 2013

    87 Points: 'The 2011 Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz (76% and 24% respectively) is a soft, velvety-textured effort displaying lots of peppery, meaty, bouquet garni notes interspersed with black currant and blackberry fruit. Round and succulent with low acidity and ripe tannin, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.'


Shotfire Cabernet Shiraz 2010

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    90 Points

  • Tony Love, Herald Sun (Melbourne) 11/12/2012

    5 Stars: 'This wine has starred in the past two years at the specialist "Great Australian Red" awards. It's dark, brooding, and marries blackberry highlights with rich plum and chocolate notes, the oak and mouthfeel equally neatly chiselled.'

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012

    91 Points: 'Another winner and sensational, the 2010 Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Shiraz. A whopper of a wine, it is deep ruby/purple and possesses loads of glycerin and full body along with stunning notes of wood spice, graphite, blackberry and pepper. Rich, chewy, and dense, in a typically bold, exuberant Aussie style, this is a wine to drink over the next 6-10 years.'

  • Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar Magazine 2012

    89 Points: 'Opaque ruby. Ripe blackcurrant and cherry aromas are complicated by notes of licorice, vanilla and lavender. Sappy and smoth in texture, offering sweet dark berry flavours and a hint of cracked pepper. Quite rich but not at all heavy, finishing with persistent sweetness and spiciness.'

  • Tyson Stelzer, The Great Australian Red 2011

    93 Points: 'There's real Barossa class on display at this affordable price. It's luscious and rich with plums, dark berries, black jubes and liquorice supported by firm, fine tannins and finishing with impressive line and length. Drink 2014-2018.'


Shotfire Quartage 2014

  • The Wine Front 2016

    The Wine Front

    93 Points – Cabernet blend, not to be messed with. It’s stern, tannic and warm. Something I like about this wine is that it rolls out the punches and lets you deal with them; it’s an unapologetic style of wine. It’s beefy, curranty, toasty and substantial, with dusty/leafy cabernet characters as afterthoughts. Just watch those tannin unfurls. Just feel the grunt of it. The press release accompanying the wine describes it as “floral and elegant”. That’s about the last way I’d describe it.

  • Tony Love July16

    92 Points – Tony Love’s Top 100, Adelaide Advertiser July  2016

    One of the Barossa’s most consistent over delivers, this cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot blend sets up an early aromatic stance with delightful blackberries and leafy notes – part forest and part tobacco, part dusty oak – followed by a wave of crushed berry and plum juice flavours that is bright and filled with life and joyous energy. It's all held neatly in a coat of soft touch and mouthfeel. Spot on.

  • Wine Companion 2016

    91 Points – James Halliday's Wine Companion 2016

    35% cabernet sauvignon, 25% cabernet franc, 23% petit verdot and 17% merlot, night-harvested, small batch-fermented, matured in French oak for 12 months. A wine that has over many years had the habit of winning gold medals (and trophies) at capital city wine shows. Certainly one of the best Barossa Bordeaux blends, with a full display of cassis/blackcurrant fruit tempered by perfectly weighted tannins, oak a means to an end, not an end in itself.

  • Sunday Telegraph Aug16

    Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham, August 2016

    A BAROSSA Valley best-seller from the heart of faraway Bordeaux. Thorn-Clarke’s 2014 Shotfire Quartage ($25) evolves from the winemaker selecting from any of the five Bordeaux varieties growing on the family-owned estate at Angaston. Having the moniker “quartage” naturally points to four varieties and, in this latest release, the chosen components are cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Given its consistency in style and delivery, it’s little wonder the deeply-coloured and richly flavoured

    Shotfire Quartage enjoys such significant popularity in the Thorn-Clarke range. Having generous flavours works to its advantage, allowing them to come together as a multi-tiered wine. As a blended red, this is up there with the best.

  • Sunday Times 2016

    4 Stars – Sunday Times, Perth, June 2016

    Black berry aroma and leafy notes in this cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot blend give way to an exciting wave of crushed berry and plum juice flavours.’

  • Raymond Chan - April 2016

    Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016

    17.5/20 - A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 21% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot from ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak. Very full, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour. The nose is full with deeply packed and harmoniously integrated aromas of ripe black berried fruits interwoven with earth, dark herbs, and spices, unfolding ethereal layers of eucalyptus and cedar. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a softly concentrated heart of black berried fruits, dark and dried herbs, spices, cedar and earth. The flavours fill the mouth, and the wine has plenty of balancing structure and extraction providing a fine, grainy grip and dry, textural mouthfeel. The tannins carry the soft and fulsome flavours to a warm and generous finish. This is a harmoniously interwoven Cabernet blend with layers of blackberry, herb, earth and cedary flavours and a fulsome, grainy-textured palate. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-7 years.


Shotfire Quartage 2013

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    93 Points - 'Mid-palate is sweet and jubey but strong arms of tannin keep it in line. Blackcurrant, mint, violet and a dusting of herbs. Can be consumed now as a hearty-but-muscular wine, but time won't be unkind.'


Shotfire Quartage 2012

  • James Halliday, February 2015

    JAMES HALLIDAY, FEBRUARY, 2015

    95 Points: ‘A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Comes from a distinguished line of wines that have over-delivered, and this wine is up with the best of those made to date. While much of it’s quality comes from the vineyard, it has also been very well made; its blackcurrant, redcurrant, cherry and spice flavours flow in a seamless stream across the palate and aftertaste.’

  • The Key Review of Wine, Tony Keys, September 2014

    THE KEY REVIEW OF WINE, TONY KEYS, SEPTEMBER 2014

    93 Points:The four here being Cab-Sauvignon, Cab-Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. In no way is it Bordeaux-like in taste although the blend is Bordeaux in style. The point being, it works in its own right. 93 points and worth the $25 asked.’

  • Wine and Spirits

    WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2014

    92 Points: ‘Though the score does not take price into account, it’s rare to find an Australian wine in this price range that tastes as vinous, integrated, fresh and zesty as this blend…and from Barossa, for that matter. While the spring in 2012 was warm, summer was relatively cool, and this estate-grown cabernet blend sustained that coolness through a night harvest. This offers powerful cabernet grip, along with the purple fruit of petit verdot.’

  • CAMPBELL MATTINSON, WWW.WINEFRONT.COM.AU, 13TH OF JUNE 2014

    CAMPBELL MATTINSON, WWW.WINEFRONT.COM.AU, 13TH OF JUNE 2014

    91 Points: ‘Barossa Valley blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. This is a well-structured, well-flavoured, medium-bodied red. It tastes of mulberry, blackcurrant, sweet ripe cherries, clovey oak and dusty dried herbs. It’s juicy, well-balanced and appreciably tannic, in a good way. Either soon-ish or with medium-term cellaring, it promises pretty solid drinking.’

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Scores 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

    91 Points: ‘Glass-staining ruby. Very ripe but lively aromas of blackberry, licorice and fresh flowers, with a touch of smokiness. Dense, sweet and lush but also energetic, with black and blue fruit, violet and anise flavours nicely sharpened by juicy acidity. Clings with very good authority on the finish, with just a hint of tannins.’

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2015

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    91 Points 

  • Wine Spectator, August Issue, 2014

    WINE SPECTATOR, NOVEMBER, 2013

    90 Points: ‘Offers great presence, hanging the juicy black currant, blackberry and floral flavours on an upright frame, persisting easily on an open-textured finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2018. 3,000 cases made. -HS’

  • The Daily Examiner, Max Crus, August 2014

    THE DAILY EXAMINER, MAX CRUS, AUGUST 2014

    8.5/10: ‘Hints of funk, buckets of sweetness, slightly cloying dryness and some oak, this could be a London night club.’

  • Chris Shanahan, Top Drops, Sunday Canberra Times, July 2014

    CHRIS SHANAHAN, TOP DROPS, SUNDAY CANBERRA TIMES, JULY 2014

    ‘The Clarke family owns about 270 hectares of vines spread around the Barossa – a remarkable estate that grew from Cheryl Clarke’s (nee Thorn) very old family holdings. The wines offer plenty of flavour for their modest asking prices. We could call them comfort wines, just as we have comfort foods. Quartage – a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot – has an inky black, crimson-rimmed colour. The palate is impressively sweet fruited, with the leafy, herbal edge that comes with the cabernet varieties. The finish is very dry and firm, though not hard.’

  • John Hawkesby, Canvas Magazine, July 2014

    CANVAS MAGAZINE, JOHN HAWKESBY, JULY 2014

    ‘The Shotfire range of wines immortalises the hazardous job of setting and lighting the charges in the mines – some of which were discovered back in 1870 by the family’s ancestor, James Goddard. After shouting “fire’s on”, the shotfire would scamper quickly from the site taking shelter behind the nearest ridge. A traditional blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot, it is elegant with fruit forward flavours and spice. Great with hearty winter dishes – even roast chicken.’


Shotfire Quartage 2011

  • Tony Keys, the Key Review of Wine, July 2014

    TONY KEYS, THE KEY REVIEW OF WINE, JULY 2014

    94 Points: ‘The ‘quartage’ tag is the collective term the company has chosen for cab-sav, cab-franc, petit verdot and malbec. A classic Bordeaux blend of grapes. This wine doesn’t pretend to be Bordeaux but stands proud in its own right. There is a central vortex of flavour and texture that swirls across the palate while throwing interesting flavours outwards. 94 points and good value at $25.’

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 2013

    90 Points: 'The impressive 2011 Shotfire Quartage is composed of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec and 12% Merlot. Excellent aromas of creme de cassis, espresso bean, chocolate and menthol jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied effort. Excellent purity as well as personality and a spicy, moderately long finish suggest it can be drunk over the next 2-3 years.'

  • Vancouver Magazine, www.vanmag.com, December, 2014

    VANCOUVER MAGAZINE, WWW.VANMAG.COM, DECEMBER, 2014

    Best Rich Red Wines of 2015 : ‘It must be noteworthy when the same wine wines its category over and over. Once again our judges were wowed by the refined and understated power of this Aussie thoroughbred. Yes, it is distinctly Barossa with plenty of generous cassis fruit, mocha, and menthol (from a quartet of Bordeaux grapes), but it is streamlined and structured in a refreshing way, and decidedly not jammy.’


Shotfire Quartage 2010

  • Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2014

    89 Points: ' Sweet malbec-driven aromas of cassis, raspberries, blackberries and red plums with a hint of banana, fresh vanilla and cedary oak reveal a light vegetal note and dusty undertones of dried herbs. It's elegant and supple, with ripe, juicy fruit underpinned by pliant, dusty tannins and restrained oak, finishing with freshness and brightness.'

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    88 Points

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, 11/12/2012

    93 Points: 'Value Fantastic. Who says top Barossa red should cost? This blend of cabernet sauvignon and franc, malbec and merlot smells of cherries, chocolate, spice and vanilla. (Screw cap; 14 percent alcohol.) Ageing? Drink over five years. Food ideas, Spring lamb cutlets; steak sandwiches.'

  • Courier Mail, Tony Love, November 2012

    4 1/2 Stars: 'A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and merlot, this is a little ripper, juicy, bright and crunchy berry and plum fruits with good structure, chalky textures and a lingering finish. There's a touch of earth and herb garden smells adding a balancing layer and interesting complexities for this price.'

  • James Halliday, September 2012

    94 Points: 'Good purple-crimson; as is so often the case, defies commonly accepted views about the Barossa’s (ie including Eden Valley) ability to produce high quality examples of a Bordeaux blend; there is an invigorating freshness and lightness of touch to this berry-fruited wine that draws it through to a long, lingering finish.'

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012

    89 Points - The 2010 Shotfire Quartage, a more expensive but more complex wine, is an inky ruby/purple blend od 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with a little Petit Verdoy and Merlot. This delicious red displays notes of plum sauce, Asian soy, vanilla, white chocolate and copious quantities of blackcurrant and blackberry. It is medium to full-bodied, with very velvety tannins (a characteristic fo Thorn-Clarke reds) and a heady, succulent finish. This wine sees more time in French oak (about 85%) than in American oak (15%). It should drink nicely for 4-5 years.

  • Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar Magazine 2012

    90 Points: 'Inky ruby. Pungent aromas of cherry compote, blueberry and licorice, with tobacco and medicinal herb nuances gaining strength with air. Juicy and penetrating, offering intense dark fruit flavours and bright floral and spice qualities. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, spice-dominated finish, which features a subtle vanilla note.'


Shotfire Quartage 2009

  • The Gazette, June 2012

    Supple, rich, juicy, easy-drinking yet remarkably restrained. For my euro-palate it's this last point that makes the difference between the good and very good in Aussie wines. No excess fruit - ripe, pretty and tinged with violets. Wood frames the ensemble well. Serve at 18 degrees celcius. Drink now to 2015.

  • Winestate Magazine, May/June 2012

    Top 40 Best Buy

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, February 2012

    90 Points - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, the 2009 Shotfire Quartage was aged in French oak. It displays a deep garnet-purple colour and expressive notes of freshly crushed blackcurrant, blackberries and cracked pepper with nuances of cedar, yeast extract, dried mint, bay leaf and bakers chocolate. Very big, full bodied and powerful on the palate, it offers mouth-filling warm blackberry and mint flavours with medium to firm grainy tannins and a crisp acidity, finishing long. Drinking well now, it should remain good to 2017+.

  • James Halliday, June 2011

    95 Points - This wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot that spends 13 months in 85% French and 15% American oak. The fermentation methods are very simple and inexpensive, the wine being made in the vineyard and by the varietal assemblage. The colour is crimson-purple, the wine having remarkable intensity and drive to its blackcurrant, plum and licorice flavours that magically ascend on the finish. This is a great vintage of Shotfire Quartage, with a great long-term future.


Shotfire Quartage 2008

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    92 Points

  • 2012 Toronto Star, Canada

    91 Points. An exotic mix of cabernets, malbec, petit verdot, merlot and shiraz. The resultis inky, with rich cassis, cherry and vanilla aromas and flavours of cola, violets, earth, black currants in a velvet texture.

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    3.5*

  • Winestate Annual 2012

    Big, beautiful, oak-driven style with a jammy/spicy/minty nose and a sweet, ripe, richly flavoured and well structured palate with quite a hot finish.

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2011 Edition

    4*

  • Wine Spectator, March 2011

    90 Points; Polished, velvety and spicy, this is generous with its tobacco and loamy earth elements that surround a lithe core of dark berry and herb. Lingers softly. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Shiraz. Drink now through 2015.

  • 2010 / 2011 Big Red Wine Book; Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh

    92 Points - 'a fuitier, looser, easier to drink style than the excellent 2007 - and given that we like both country and western, we loved last years and this years too. It's dusty and herbal but inherently ripe and fleshy, with notes of blackcurrent and olive driving through its core. Excellent Wine. Full of confident flavour.


Shotfire Quartage 2007

  • Bob Campbell MW, Taste Magazine New Zealand, August 2010

    'Best Value Reds Under $40NZ'

  • 2009 / 2010 Big Red Wine Book; Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh

    92 Points ; ‘Serious Wine. Muscular dense and interesting, black olives, nuts and chocolate. There’s a good slip of refreshing acidity and lots of drying tannins. The best bet is that patience will be rewarded with added complexity’

  • Wine Spectator, September 2009

    90 Points; ‘Ripe focused & silky, with a mild bite of tannin to support the cedary black cherry and spice flavours, lingering effectively on the expressive finish’


Eden Trail Riesling 2016

  • James Halliday, May 2017

    95 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion Top Cellaring Wines, May 2017


Eden Trail Riesling 2015

  • Raymond Chan - New Zealand 2015

    Raymond Chan - New Zealand 2015

    18.5 / 20 - Bright, very pale straw-green colour, near colourless on the rim. This has a very subtle and delicate nose of mouthwatering wet-stone mineral aromas along with pure white florals and subtle apple-like suggestions. This has finesse, clarity and intricate and subtle detail. Dryish to taste and light bodied, the flavours of limes, apples, white florals and mouthwatering minerals show with great delicacy and detail. The wine is very refined and elegant and flows with poise and tension, following a fine textural thread and line. Light, lively and lacy acidity adds to the energy and drive, and carries the wine to a tight, finely textured, dry finish. This is a very delicate, subtle, refined dryish Riesling with floral, apple and minerally detail. Serve as an aperitif over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from ‘Mount Crawford’ cool-fermented to 11.0% alc.

     


Eden Trail Riesling 2014

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    96 Points - 'Elegant but piercing. Lime, bath salts, slate and floral aromas/flavours. Slight spritz but this is a ripping wine, it knows exactly what it's about and how to get there. Direct line from start to finish, gathers momentum fast and drives out through the finish.'


Eden Trail Shiraz 2014

  • Winestate Magazine, April 2017

    3 1/2 Stars - Winestate Magazine, April 2017

    Intense aromas and flavours of chunky chewy sweet plum fruit, rich charry oak and some aged characters.

  • Halliday 2017

    93 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017

    Pure Pleasure. Pretty and refreshing with boysenberry, violets, anise and sweet plum notes working in harmony. Crackles of spice on the finish. Effortless.

  • Wine Genius

    91 Points – Wine Genius

  • Huon Hooke - Feb 2016

    90 Points / Silver Ribbon -Huon hooke

  • WBM Trade Magazine - February 2016

    91/100 - Supple, juicy, pretty simple but generally pretty satisfying and easy to get into. Red and black berry fruit, touch of plumminess, spice, pepper, finishes with lick of tangy acidity. It's the kind of wine you could splash around and people would feel like they were in on something fancy. - Mike Bennie

  • Raymond Chan – New Zealand 2015

    Raymond Chan – New Zealand 2015

    18 / 20 - Very dark, saturated black-red colour with purple hues. The bouquet is full with harmoniously interwoven and ethereally lifted aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit entwined with fragrant violet florals, lavender, Asian spices, chocolate and nuances of eucalyptus with cedary oak. Full-bodied, the palate features layers of blackberry and black peppery fruit melded with spicy and cedary oak, unfolding florals, herbs and lavender. The sweet fruit is supported by fine, grainy tannin extraction lending good body and grip. The mouthfeel is fresh and energetic from bright acidity. The structure and tannins carry the flavours to a soft, full, aromatic and cedary finish. This is a rich, harmoniously interwoven, aromatic Shiraz with black fruits, spices, cedar and herbs and a grainy structure. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 5-6+ years. Fruit from the ‘Auction’ block, Angaston, fermented with a small portion of whole berries and stalks to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12-16 months in French oak.

  • Winestate, The Annual Edition, 2016

    WINESTATE, THE ANNUAL EDITION, 2016

    4 Stars 


Eden Trail Shiraz 2012

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    93 Points - 'Mouthfilling shiraz with peppermint, boysenberry, clove and blackberry flavours rollicking from start to finish. Freshness of flavour is a key feature; it's juicy, lively and eager-to-please, but not at the expense of discipline. Winsome style.'

  • WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

    WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

    4*


Sandpiper Shiraz 2016

  • Bob Campbell MW, June 2017

    90 Points - Bob Campbell MW, June 2017

    Deeply tinted red with dark berry, black berry, wood-smoke, liquorice and vanilla flavours. Soft-textured wine in an appealing and accessible style. Offers good value at this price

  • Winefront, May 2017

    90 Points - Winefront, May 2017

    Dark cherry and red berries, sage and toast, vanilla perfume. Medium to full bodied, plum and well-rounded, with powdery soft tannin, balanced acidity, some savoury tarry flavour, but pretty much fresh and friendly. Finish is solid too. Nicely done. Good drink here.

  • Raymond Chan Mar17

    17.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

    Dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is firm and tightly bound with intense and deep aromas of ripe blackberry fruit along with black pepper and mineral detail, unfolding nuances of florals, dark herbs, spice and a suggestion of tar. Full-bodied, the palate has well-bound and firm flavours of blackberries with boysenberry, plum, black pepper, liquorice and jam elements, along with dark herbs and tar. The fruit forms a packed core with fine-grained tannin extraction providing good linearity. The acidity is ripe and integrated, and the wine carries to an elegant finish with light, lingering blackberry fruit. This is a youthfully tight and concentrated Shiraz with a fine-textured core of blackberry fruit with black pepper and liquorice flavours. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 4-5+ years.


Sandpiper Shiraz 2015

  • Raymond Chan apr16

    16.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, April 2016

    Very full, near impenetrable, black-hued ruby-red colour with purple tints.  The nose is fine in proportion with tightly-bound, penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry, plum and liquorice fruit, along with black pepper, spices and subtle, minerally reduction.  This is soft and integrated.  Medium-full bodied, the flavours of black berried fruits, liquorice and black pepper are detailed with spice and eucalypt notes along with some minerally, earthy reduction.  The wine is elegant in presentation with a softly extracted, fine-textured core, balanced by fresh, lacy acidity.  This has good drive and linearity, with concentration and presence, and carries to a long finish of black fruits, pepper and minerals.  This is an elegantly concentrated, fine-textures Shiraz with black fruits and some minerally, reductive detail.’ 

  • Wine Spectator apr16

    91 Points - Wine Spectator, April 2016

    Fresh earth, toasted cumin and black tea flavours are dark and dense, with black liquorice and thick tannin's forming a backdrop to the blackberry and plum compote notes. Persistent on the finish.

  • Winestate mag

    4 1/2 Stars / Best In Class ($15 - $20) - Winestate Magazine ' Worlds Best Shiraz Comp' 2017

    Savoury meaty aromas with slight floral-like lift. Dark sweet / savoury fruit on the palate with good use of oak, fresh acidity and very firm tannins which will resolve with time.

  • NZ Drinks Biz Magazine

    New Zealand Drinks Biz Magazine - June 2016

    This well known South Australian wine is made with grapes sourced from company vineyards in the Barossa Valley and the wine was aged in a mix of French and American oak. This combo creates an interesting range of complex flavours of savoury earthy notes with rich coconuty aromas, both flattering the black cherries, plum, vanilla and smoky flavours. It's dry, with pronounced smooth tannins and it drinks well now but has potential to age for five to six years and soften over that time.

  • Winestate Magazine 2016

    Winestate Magazine Mainfrieght World's Greatest Shiraz 2016

    4.5 Stars / Top of Category

  • Raymond Chan - April 2016

    Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016

    16.5/20 - Very full, near impenetrable, black-hued ruby-red colour with purple tints. The nose is fine in proportion with tightly-bound, penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry, plum and liquorice fruit, along with black pepper, spices and subtle, minerally reduction. This is soft and integrated. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of black berried fruits, liquorice and black pepper are detailed with spice and eucalypt notes along with some minerally, earthy reduction. The wine is elegant in presentation with a softly extracted, fine-textured core, balanced by fresh, lacy acidity. This has good drive and linearity, with concentration and presence, and carries to a long finish of black fruits, pepper and minerals. This is an elegantly concentrated, fine-textures Shiraz with black fruits and some minerally, reductive detail. Match with barbecued and grilled red meats over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French and American oak.


Sandpiper Shiraz 2014

  • Winewise Red Championship 2016

    4 Stars - Winewise Red Championship 2016

    An utterly delicious shiraz which is packed with blackberry varietal flavour and is very approachable. A bargain.

  • Huon Hooke - Feb 2016

    90 Points / Silver Ribbon - Huon hooke

  • Sydney Morning Herald 02/02/2016

    Sydney Morning Herald 02/02/2016

    90/100 - Best under $20

    A juicy, likeable Barossa shiraz at a great price. Berry, plum, spice on the nose introduce a medium-bodied, supple red. (Screwcap; 14 per cent alcohol.)
    Ageing: Drink over three years.
    Food idea: Lasagne.

  • New Zealand Herald - 2/12/2015

    New Zealand Herald - 2/12/2015

    "With barbecues aplenty over the holiday season, it’s good to get in some robust reds to pair with chargrilled flavours .ThornClarke’s Sandpiper is a great value shiraz with more depth than most at this price to its plush black plum and berry fruit, with hints of char and spice and meat-friendly tannins. "


Sandpiper Shiraz 2012

  • Bob Campbell New Zealand, 2015

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    93 Points 

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, Wine Guide July 2014

    WINE GUIDE, THE AGE, RALPH KYTE-POWELL, JULY 2014

    90 Points: ‘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.’

  • The Weekend Herald, New Zealand

    THE WEEKEND HERALD, NEW ZEALAND JULY 2016

    'This wine has won so many medals and trophies and five-star ratings that someone is bound to say, “Sandpiper, why can’t you just step aside and give someone else a go please?” But it won’t be me. I love the lick of leather, black berry fruit, chocolate and coffee characters in this Barossa bonza, which, when combined with sweet smoke, dried herb and pepper flavours, creates a warming, juicy, dangerously drinkable wine.'

  • John Hawkesby, Canvas Magazine, July 2014

    JOHN HAWKESBY, CANVAS MAGAZINE, JULY 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.’

  • Sunday Canberra Times 22/06/2014

    SUNDAY CANBERRA TIMES, JUNE 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.’


Sandpiper Shiraz 2011

  • "You've Got to pay it to the piper", Jon Helmer, Surf Coast Times 2/4/2013

    "Believe it or not, but this 'Piper' was pipped at the post by only half a point by the winner of last year's Jimmy Watson Trophy (the Bests 2011 Bin 1 Shiraz - $25, a wine that went on to sell out extremely quickly as per usual with Jimmy Watson winners of yore)."


Sandpiper Shiraz 2010

  • Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2013

    90 Points - Very ripe, dense aromas of dark berries and plums are lifted by scents of violets and lightly toasty vanilla/cedar oak. Generous and sweetly fruited, It's a wonderfully opulent Barossa shiraz with a pleasing length of flavour and restrained oak that finishes with a lingering core of vibrant, juicy fruit, a hint of licorice and a refreshing acidity.

  • Cuisine, June 2012 (New Zealand)

    4 Stars - 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.

  • The Age, Epicure, June 2012

    4 Stars - 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.

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    90 Points - '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.'

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    4.5*

  • Winestate Magazine, Wine & Spirit Insider, March/April 2012

    Top 40 Best Buy

  • Winestate Annual Shiraz Tasting, September / October 2011

    4.5* - 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. $15


Sandpiper Shiraz 2009

  • Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012

    90 Points - Evidence that 2009 did produce some delightfully bright Barossa shiraz. A slightly jammy, sweet frangrance of cassis, blackberries, mulberries and dark plums is lifted by some fresh vanilla oak and a hint of blue flowers. Its sumptuous, juicy palate of intense dark berry and plum flavours knits easily with mocha/vanilla oak, some fine, crunchy tannins and a hint of menthol. There's plenty of length, although it's marginally dilute in mid-palate.

  • Decanter (UK) August 2011

    4*


Sandpiper Shiraz 2008

  • Winestate Annual 2010 Edition

    4.5*’Best of New Releases’

  • Winestate Annual 2010 Edition

    4*’Best of Style’ Lifted, aromatic nose, and loads of bright red and purple fruit flavours standing out on a silky smooth palate that has excellent fleshiness’

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell, Melbourne Age, 1 Dec 2009

    4*Rating; ‘2008 Sandpiper Shiraz is more powerful than usual, but the familiar recipe remains great value. It’s densely coloured, with a very full nose of berry jam, plum, chocolate and charry oak. While high in alcohol, it’s not really fumey or hot. The full bodied, meaty palate is succulent and complete, with ripe tannins swallowed up by lingering, ripe, middle-palate fruit’

  • Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, Issue 186, December 2009

    89 Points

  • James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au, November 2009

    93 Points; Dense purple-crimson sets the scene for a densely packed bouquet and medium- to full-bodied palate. Strong plum and blackberry fruit flavours drive the wine, which avoids dead fruit characters and carries its alcohol very well. Screwcap.

  • Winestate Sept/Oct 2009

    Top 40 Best Buy under $20


Sandpiper The Blend 2006

  • Winestate Annual 2010 Edition

    4*’Best Wines of 2009’; One judge summed this wine up perfectly in one sentence; ‘It’s rich, warm, inviting, interesting and complex and offers excellent value for money’


Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • Winefront - April 2017

    91 Points – Gary Walsh, Winefront, May 2017

    Chocolate cake, black fruit, a bit of mint and spice to go with it. Full bodied, sweet plum and blackberry, thick and rich with lovely bouncy tannin, settled acidity, and a bit of tobacco and toasty savoury stuff on a satisfying finish. Value here. Nicely done.

  • West Australian, April 2017

    91 Points - West Australian, Ray Jordan, April 2017

    Super value-for-money cabernet displaying loads of dark chocolate and blackberry flabours with a fine spiciness. The oak has been liberally applied to complement the generous fruit. Soft and supple tannins support the medium to full body. 

  • thegoodwine.co.nz April 2017

    4 1/2 Stars - thegoodwine.co.nz, April 2017

    You can tell this is Cabernet a mile off, because you'll be able to smell it from across the room as it pours from the bottle. Liquorice, eucalypt, pepper, seasoned saddle leather and bay leaf all jostle for position in the glass in this multi-award winning wine. Named Thorn-Clarke after founders David Clarke and Cheryl Thorn and the migratory bird that annually visits the winery, it's packed with blueberry and earthy spices, fresh acidity and elastic tannins. Long, savoury and seriously good value.

  • Raymond Chan Mar17

    18/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

    Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. This has a firmly concentrated and deep nose with aromas of fresh blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, along with cassis liqueur, harmoniously melded with mint herb nuances. The fruit is expressed with clarity. Full-bodied, the palate is sweetly ripe with well concentrated flavours of blackcurrants and cassis liqueur. The fruit richnessis balanced and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. Soft, piquant acidity enlivens the fruit, and the wine carries along a positive line, leading to a long and sustained finish of sweet blackcurrant fruit balanced by dry textures. This is a well-structured, sweetly ripe blackcurrant and cassis fruited Cabernet Sauvignon with firm tannin grip and a positive, lingering finish. Match with roast lamb and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years.


Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

  • James Halliday 2017

    James Halliday

    95 Points - Sourced from St Kitts (Northern Barossa), Milton Park (Eden Valley) and Kabininge (Barossa Valley floor) Vineyards; an elegant Cabernet, the touch of dark chocolate comes as a surprise, but not the blackcurrant fruit and fine-grained, cedary tannins. Great value.

  • The Wine Front 2016

    The Wine Front

    90 Points – Varietal cabernet, in a good place. Plush and sweet-fruited but with dusty tones. It fills the mouth with dark-fruited flavour but stretches out through the finish too. Value is high.

  • Raymond Chan - April 2016

    Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016

    17.0/20 - Very full, very dark, black-hued red with garnet on the rim. The nose is elegant with intense and softly concentrated aromas of blackcurrants and cassis entwined with layers of mint and eucalypt and chocolatey detail. This has varietal clarity in the expression. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of blackcurrant, cassis, fresh herbs and eucalypt are soft, but densely packed, forming a weighty core. The fruit is encased by soft, supple, but substantial tannin structure. The palate grows in grip and dryness as it carries to a lingering finish of blackcurrants and mint. This is a softly packed Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant and minty flavours and a full, well-extracted mouthfeel. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef dishes over the next 4+ years. Fruit from ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10-12 months in French oak.


Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2015

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    91 Points

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Scores 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

    90 Points: ‘Brilliant ruby. Fresh cherry and cassis on the nose, with smoky mineral, oak spice and floral qualities adding complexity. Supple red and dark berry flavours provide very good palate coverage and show an energetic character thanks to juicy acidity. This suave, approachable cabernet finishes with very good thrust and persistent sweetness.’

  • Ray Jordan, Cellar Talk, October 2014 

    RAY JORDAN, CELLAR TALK, OCTOBER 2014

    90 Points: 'Oodles of ripe, lush blackcurrant on the nose of this opulent cabernet from the Barossa. Spicy aromas with dark chocolate nuances. The palate is deep and intense, with huge concentration of fruit. Slight oaky astringency on the finish adds balance and focus. Nice wine with some hearty red meat. Great value for this quality and style.’


Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    3.5*

  • West Australian, 19th January 2012

    94 Points - The smells of blackcurrant and tobacco on the nose with traces of plum and blackberry. The palate is firm and concentrated with terrific richness and depth of pure cabernet fruit. Strikes a great balance of fine grained oak and fine grainy tannin. This is a quality cabernet froman outstanding vintage.


Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

  • Winestate March / April 2010 Edition

    ‘Top 40 Best Buys Under $20’


Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

  • James Halliday 2010 Wine Companion

    91 Points; ‘Good weight and depth of dark berry fruits; a little black olive comes through on the very generous finish, with a bright core of red fruit and oak’


Sandpiper Merlot 2012

  • Alan Hunter, Courier Mail, August, 2014

    ALAN HUNTER, COURIER MAIL, AUGUST, 2014

    89 Points: ‘The quality is surprising considering there’s change to be had from a twenty. Fruit is sourced from estate-owned vineyards and matured in a combination of old American and French oak. The effect is an amplification of simple but pleasing ripe fruit tones, while the grain of oak works its magic with acidity to create good structure.’

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2015

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    89 Points 


Sandpiper Merlot 2010

  • Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, March 2013

    88 Points: This is concentrated, succulent merlot with flavours of dark berries, black pepper and licorice. It's sweet on the entry but finds balance in vigorous acidity.

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    4*

  • Winestate Magazine, Wine & Spirit Insider, March/April 2012

    Top 40 Best Buy

  • West Australian, 19th January 2012

    93 Points - 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.

  • James Halliday June 2011

    91 Points - 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.


Sandpiper Merlot 2009

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2012

    90 Points

  • Winestate, August 2011

    4* - Big, bold merlot - still very young and needing a little more cellaring. Has an intensity of blackberry fruit and nice long, firm tannins. $15

  • Winestate July/August 2011

    4* Equal Top of Class; Merlot and Other Bordeaux Varietals


Sandpiper Merlot 2008

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, 26 October 2010

    4.5* 'Many people are unsure of what to expect from a Merlot. Authentic varietal character drives this Barossa version via a soft nose of mulberries, plums, raspberries and gentle spice, backed up by a succulent, fresh, medium bodied palate. Soft supple tannins back it up well'


Sandpiper Merlot 2007

  • James Halliday 2010 Wine Companion

    90 Points; ‘Good hue and depth; a rich, rollicking, juicy red wine which has immediate appeal, and just enough savoury tannins to express varietal flavour. Value’


Sandpiper Chardonnay 2016

  • Key Report - April 2017

    92 Points – Tony Keys, April 2017

    Light on the nose and light on the palate, but it skips along, leaving pleasure in its wake, so no complaints.

  • Drinks Biz, May 2017

    16.5/20 - Drinks Biz, May 2017

    This is Australian Chardonnay as we know it: big, rich ripe flavours with full-bodied creaminess kicking in on the mid-palate. From the Barossa's Eden Valley, it is good drinking now and will continue to deliver rewarding flavours for the next two to three years. It's a great wine as an accessibly priced glass pour white in bars and restaurants.

  • Raymond Chan mar17

    18/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

    Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is well-proportioned with intense, deep and well-concentrated aromas of yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits and mealy elements, along with notes of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak detail. The nose retains a steely freshness. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses stylishly restrained flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit integrated with mealy and nutty notes. The mouthfeel is soft with a gently textured line and integrated acidity, and the wine flows smoothly to a moderately long, dry finish of citrus and nutty flavours. This is a stylish Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus and mealy flavours, with nutty oak on a soft-textured palate with underlying freshness. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years.


Sandpiper Chardonnay 2015

  • The Real Review - Huon Hooke 2016

    89 Points - The Real Review Huon Hooke

    Ranked #9 out of 36 wines tasted

    Fresh green herb and melon-skin aromas, fruit-driven and zesty. Straightforward, clean and crisp on the palate with green apple acidity, finishing with good persistence.

  • Raymond Chan - April 2016

    Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016

    16.5/20 - Bright straw-yellow colour with light, lemon-gold hues, pale edged. The nose is tight and refreshing with uncomplicated, aromatic citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits unfolding to reveal yellow floral and nutty nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses light, aromatic citrus fruit, stonefruit and tropical fruit flavours that form an elegant and tightly bound core. The wine has a light textual line with some grip that guides the palate, and brisk, mouthwatering acidity lends energy, and enhances the lift. The wine flows to a thirst-quenching, zesty finish with some dry textures. This is a crisp, refreshing, citrussy, fruit-focussed Chardonnay with some textural grip and acid energy. Serve as an aperitif and with poultry over the next 3 years. Fruit from the ‘Mount Crawford’ vineyard, Eden Valley, tank fermented to 13.0% alc., a small portion aged in oak, the wine undergoing batonnage for 6 weeks.


Sandpiper Chardonnay 2011

  • Winestate Magazine May/June 2012

    3 Stars & Top 40 Best Buy

    'Aperitif style with a peachy/toasty oak nose and citrus, acid-based flavours.'

  • The Week, 31st August 2012

    This light-to medium-bodied drop has just a touch of French oak and "a distinct mineral and citrus cut that runs the length of a tightly held palate". Controlled and balanced.


Sandpiper Chardonnay 2010

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012

    86 Points - The 2010 Sandpiper Chardonnay displays notes of white peach and honeysuckle with a more tropical hint of pineapple. It is crisp, elegant, mid-weight, fruity and straightforward. Drink it over the next year.


Sandpiper Chardonnay 2009

  • Winestate Annual 2012

    Lovely fresh chardonnay aromas of nectarines and nougat and a creamy palate with loads of sweet fleshy fruit flavours. Has texture and balance.

  • Winestate July/August 2010

    4* 'New Releases' stylish and elegant wine with fresh honeydew melon fruit, balanced with nicely handled oak, light delicate aromas and tight flavoursome palate

  • Lester Jesberg, WINEWISE, July 2010

    Recommended - 'Has good peach impact with some nuttiness. An attractive drink now style'


Sandpiper Pinot Gris 2016

  • Winestate Magazine, April 2017

    4 Stars - Winestate Magazine, April 2017

    More of an aperitif style with a citrusy nose that has a perfumed lift and a clean crisp palate with light and delicate fruit flavours.

  • Sunday Telegraph feb17

    Sunday Telegraph - February 2017

    A 2016 Royal Adelaide Show gold medal winner and it's easy to see why. Cool climate Eden Valley fruit of pristine quality delivers a superbly balanced dry white. Lifted passionfuit / pear flavours lead the way on an entrancing palate journey right down to the final mouthful.

  • Raymond Chan mar17

    17.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

    Bright, light straw-yellow colour, pale on the edge. This has a firmly concentrated and deeply packed nose of white and yellow stonefruits along with restrained layers of minerals, unfolding nuances of pear and honeysuckle. The aromatics are refreshing and bright. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a good core of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle pear and honeysuckle nuances, and minerally elements. The mouthfeel is softly textured with fine phenolics providing grip and dryness, and the acidity is well integrated. The wine carries to a light, dry finish. This is an elegant, dry Pinot Gris with a core of stonefruit flavours on a dry, softly-textured palate. Match with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese fare over the next 3+ years.


Sandpiper Pinot Gris 2014

  • Gary Walsh - Winefront

    GARY WALSH, WINEFRONT SEPTEMBER 2014

    90 Points: Pear with a little sweet spice loaded in. Medium bodied, a fresher brighter style of Pinot Gris, though does have some weight. Acidity is even and well measured, light chalky texture and a finish that has a little pithiness – like munching on the skin of a hard green pear. Some musky perfume in there too. Good.’


Sandpiper Pinot Gris 2012

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    87 Points

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March/April 2013 Edition

    3 Stars

  • Taste Top 100 Wines, November 2012

    "A pale pink colour offers a seductive start, before exuding a more exotic fragrance than most PGs-more towards spiced strawberry. It's crisper than you'd expect out of the gris side of the varietal naming conventions, with a tang of lemon and lime juice, as well as its lingering red apple taste in the finish."

  • The Grape Hunter, Winsor Dobbin, August 2012

    "New Thorn-Clarke winemaker Helen McCarthy, a rising talent poached from Taylor’s, is showing a deft touch even with entry level wines such as this. Midway in style between the complexity of pinot gris and the freshness of pinot grigio, this is a quite delightful drink for the price, full flavoured with citrus and poached pear notes but at the same time very crisp and clean. Excellent drinkability and value."


Sandpiper Pinot Gris 2011

  • Winewise Magazine, December 2011

    "This is a very good varietal expression, with fruit perfumed pear and apple aromatics. The palate is supple and the firmness matches the weight of fruit and acidity. Excellent value."


Sandpiper Pinot Gris 2010

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    90 Points

  • Winewise Magazine, July 2011 - "Highly Recommended"

    "Delicate pear varietal aroma's introduce the wine which has an attractive chalky / mineral texture with very good depth of varietal fruit and a long vibrant finish. More in the Grigio style, it's best in the short term at a very good price. Excellent value."  

  • Selector Magazine, Summer 11/12

    "This was the best performed of the budget-priced wines and at $14.95 RRP, represents great value. This Barossa producer has headed into the cooler reaches of the Eden Valley for this single site white. It has attractive lanolin, lavendar and floral aromas, good intensity, pleasing texture and balanced zippy acidity. Dave Mavor saw 'fantastic minerality' on the nose."


Sandpiper Pinot Gris 2009

  • Lester Jesberg, WINEWISE, July 2010

    Recommended - 'Quite full and rich on the nose, but shows good poached pear character. There's plenty of rich flavour - even a hint of pineapple, on a pleasantly firm palate'


Sandpiper Riesling 2016

  • WBM, May 2017

    92 Points – Wine Business Monthly, May 2017

    This is pretty drinking. The wine offers classic Eden characters of lemon blossom, mixed citrus peel, Bickfords Lime Cordial in bouquet. The palate takes a similar tack, frisky with grapefruity acidity, juicy with more Bickfords lime going on, and offers pristine flavours through its good, refreshing length. A kiss of sweetness to close heightens drinkability. Nicely done

  • Raymond Chan MAR17

    17.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

    Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fine and elegantly proportioned with intense aromas of pure lime fruit and white florals, integrated with subtle thirst-quenching, wet-stone mineral elements. This is refined in expression with delicate detail. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is slender with good depth of mouthwatering lime, floral and mineral flavours. The palate flows along a fine, chalky-textured line with fresh, balanced acidity in the background. The wine carries to a light, nuanced, dry finish of citrus fruits and minerals. This is a light and slender dry Riesling with lime, floral and mineral flavours on a chalky-textured, mouthwatering palate.

  • Winestate Mag

    4 1/2 Stars / Equal top in class - Winestate Magazine

    An ultra-youthful wine probably best to drink with a few years of age on it. Tight closed nose and very tight and intense citrus palate. Good understanding of the variety.


Sandpiper Riesling 2015

  • Gourmet Traveller May 2016

    93 Points - Gourmet Traveler "Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper is a great value brand, and the riesling is a perennial favourite. History shows it also ages well. There are straw and wildflower aromas with touches of spice and lots of appeal. Delicate, yet intense on the palete, it's refined and long."

  • Huon hooke - March 2016

    93 Points / Silver Ribbon - Huon hooke

    "Dried flower and straw aromas mingle with a touch of spice; the wine is very intense and yet also delicate in the mouth, with refined texture and a long persistence. The track-record shows it will also age well."


Sandpiper Riesling 2014

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    90 Points - 'Pale quartz; a floral, blossom-filled bouquet, with a passing hint of musk, leads into a crisp palate with balanced acidity and good length.'

  • Margot Muir, Aspire February 2015

    MARGOT MUIR, ASPIRE, FEBRUARY 2015

    'How do you describe Riesling? Just think of the five F’s: fruity, floral, fine, finesse, finish. It’s a great all-rounder. And when that is all packed into a 750ml bottle for $19, you are on a winner. On the nose is lemon citrus and floral bath salts. The palate is bright ripe lemon with crisp minerally acid forming the backbone of the wine. It has a refreshingly clean finish with long acid persistence. Enjoy this wine young and fresh or carefully cellar for five to seven years.’


Sandpiper Riesling 2013

  • James Halliday's Top Value Wines $20 and Under, Wine Companion Magazine Feb/March 2014 Issue

    91 Points: "A well-made wine, built around a structure of minerally acidity, lime and lemon providing the flesh to go on the bones."

  • Tony Keys, The Key Review of Wine, July 2014

    TONY KEYS, THE KEY REVIEW OF WINE, JULY 2014

    91 Points: 'When I tasted this in September 2013 I said the future is bright according to my reckoning but that future will not start until around the end of February 2014. I think this is a very good wine indeed and it's worth an easy 91 points, but if drunk too soon the $19 asked will be considered expensive and the drinker may be disappointed. However, if not drunk until some time into 2014 it's a bargain and I'm sure at least three more points to come.'

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Scores 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

    90 Points: ‘Pale yellow. Spicy, floral and bright on the highly perfumed nose, offering scents of citrus peel and green apple. Spicy, firm and light in body, with intense flavours of bitter lemon, lime pith and chalky minerality. Zesty, firm and long on the lime-tinged finish.’

  • Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, November, 2014

    ROBERT PARKER - THE WINE ADVOCATE, NOVEMBER 2014

    88 Points: ‘This is one of my go-to wineries for top values from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The Thorn family has been growing grapes since the 1870’s, and the quality of these wines are impressive. Moreover, the prices are almost ridiculously low, making these wines frequent entries in The Wine Advocate. A strong effort, the dry 2013 Riesling Mt. Crawford offers up hints of spring flowers, green apple skins, wet rocks and honey. Medium-bodied and crisp with authentic Riesling aromas and flavours, it can be enjoyed over the next several years.’

  • The West Australian, Thursday 28th of November

    92 Points: "The high altitude cooler climes of the Eden Valley are ideal for riesling. This is typically minerally with a little lemon-scented blossom in there. The palate is still restrained but approachable with a terrific natural acidity sustaining the finish. Excellent wine for the shorter term."

  • Tony Love, Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 21/01/2014

    4 Stars: "Beautiful riesling aromas, like limes and green apple juice, honey, lemons and subtle blossom, all concentrate here in the mouth for a bag load of flavour while remaining crisp, thirst quenching and more-ish, with a light minerally finish. Get it cold and bring on any seafood."

  • Adelaide Review Hottest 100 wines for 2013

    "Imagine a stroll across a field of lavender with citrus tree lines, which embrace the palate toward a crisp line of acidity. Yum."


Sandpiper Riesling 2012

  • Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2014

    89 Points: 'Impactful and profoundly textured, with a floral, slightly confectionary and chalky bouquet of lime juice and lemon pith that precedes a juicy, marginally sweet palate whose generous depth and length of flavour overlies a chalky, briny backbone. It finishes austere, with pleasing balance and freshness.'

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    88 Points

  • James Halliday's Top Cellaring selections of 2013

    91 Points: There is a spicy dryness that runs right through the palate, bolstered by persistent, although balanced, acidity. A wine begging for time in bottle, its long future laid out for all to see.

  • Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, 100 Top new release wines.

    92 Stars: 'The aromas are minerally and restrained, with slaty notes, building a hint of ginger/spice as it airs. It's delicate and understated in the mouth, with chalky texture and a hint of lemon-pith. Dry, mineral and borderline austere in its youth.'

  • Winsor Dobbin, The Sydney Examiner, 2 December 2012

    Most of the quality rieslings from classic regions are now nudging above the $20 mark, which makes this wine from a very good Eden Valley producer something of a bargain. This is from a particularly good vintage and made by rising star Helen McCarthy, formerly of Taylors in the Clare Valley. The bouquet is both floral and spicy, the palate fresh and clean with characteristic citrus notes and plenty of fresh, cleansing acidity. A great drink for a warm summer afternoon.

  • Adelaide Review Hottest 100, November 2012

    Great length, orange zest, talcy and spicy with touch of weight that really pleases.

  • Taste Top 100 Wines, November 2012

    Introducing quintessential Eden Valley riesling, this captures the character of a grand season in a value-for-money package. The lime blossom perfume, kaffir lime spice, crunchy granny smith apples and subtle mineral texture of this purity are usually only seen in more expensive rieslings.

  • Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, September 2012

    92 Points: 'This Barossa- and Eden Valley- based family winery produces a very consistent range of quality wines, of which the Sandpiper line represents excellent value – especially the Riesling. A little of 2002 tasted recently showed what fine wines they are and how well they hold with age. The colour is pale, the aromas are minerally and restrained, with slaty notes, building a hint of ginger and spice as it airs. It’s delicate and understated in the mouth, with chalky texture and a hint of lemon pith. Dry, mineral and borderline austere in its youth, it’s tightly wound and promises much for the future. You can enjoy it with simply cooked fish now, though. Drink now to 2020 and beyond.'

  • Tyson Stelzer, September 2012

    93 Points: 'This is quintessential 2012 Eden Valley Riesling, capturing the flattering personality of a grand season in a value-for-money package. A bouquet of lime blossom perfume and kaffir lime spice is reminiscent of many of the more expensive Rieslings of the vintage. The palate follows a similar form, with crunchy granny smith apple and tense lime zest fruit of impressive concentration and purity. Taut acidity lingers long on the finish, amidst subtle mineral texture.'

  • The Age, August 2012

    4 Stars: 'From Mount Crawford at the southern end of South Australia's Eden Valley, Thorn-Clarke's Sandpiper wines are great value. This soon-to-be-released 2012 riesling has a musky, floral nose with suggestions of apple, lime and cinnamon. The palate is very dry and savoury with good length and a firm backbone.'


Sandpiper Riesling 2011

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    3*

  • Drinks Trade, 1st January 2012

    RRP $16 - 'Delicate, lovely floral complexity, excellent fruit and mouth-watering acidity. Some tropical fruit notes; dry with medium length; mineral, fine, lemony characters.'

  • The Daily Examiner, 3rd December 2011

    The arty bird on the cover is a treat, and, well, the contents aren't too bad, either. Very Riesling, very Eden, and verily we drank it.

  • Big Red Wine Book; Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh

    89 Points - Slightly cheesy on opening then into the more traditional citrus and subtle tropical fruit. It's juicy and fresh with decent flavour, a shapely cut of acid and dry finish. Perhaps a little rough and commercial but a good wine and a good drink too.


Sandpiper Riesling 2010

  • Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012

    90 Points - The best wine under this label I have tasted should flesh out and age with grace. Already developing some smokiness and toastiness, its delicate scent of white flowers, peach, apple and lemon rind precedes a long, even and brightly flavoured palate. With a fine underlying chalkiness and a pleasing length of fresh, if uncomplicated lime, lemon and apple flavour, it finishes with fine balance and tangy, citrusy acids.

  • Wine Spectator June 2011

    90 Points - 'bright and jazzy, with tangerine peel notes around a lively core of green apple and lime. The dry finish lingers generously.' Drink now - 2018.

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2011 Edition

    3.5*

  • James Halliday, August 2010

    92 Points; Light straw-green; an elegant and crisp riesling, with floral counterpoints of apple, herb and lime/lemon on the bouquet, and citrus, minerally acidity on the palate. Will undoubtedly develop well in bottle. Screwcap. 12.5% alc. Drink 2019.


Sandpiper Riesling 2009

  • Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times, 17 February 2010

    ****$$$$$ Your cellar doesn’t need to be full of expensive reds that require decades before you can enjoy them. I’d be just as happy to try the Sandpiper Riesling with a few more years in bottle. It’s lovely talc and musk characters are classic Eden Valley, while, as you’d expect, the palate is clean and crisp, with plenty of citrus acidity to hold things together.

  • Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 January 2010

    94 Points; Stunning Eden Valley Riesling at a bargain price. Green-lime and nettle like straw-hay aromas. The flavour is intense and lively with acidity that runs all the way through the palate and contributes to its considerable length. Crisp, tangy and finishes dry. Now – 6 years Food: Pan Fried Flathead

  • Winestate Special 2009 Edition

    Top 40 ‘Best Buys’

  • Jane Faulkner, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 December 2009

    ‘Quaffing; a real taste of summer, this refreshing Riesling is full of Eden Valley floral notes and is also spicy with citrus notes to the fore. There’s nothing harsh, with a fresh cleansing acidity that leaves the palate clean and wanting another sip’

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell, Melbourne Age, 1 December 2009

    5* Rating; ‘Thorn-Clarke’s Sandpiper range is such good value that I’ve decided to include two of them this week. This Riesling is easily the equal of wines of much greater pedigree and a zillion times better than most inexpensive pinot grigios and sauvignon blancs. Buy it by the case. It opens with a classic Eden Valley aroma that’s delicately perfumed with floral scents, gentle spice and lime pastille like fruit. The refined lime-like flavour has good depth with attractive lemony like acidity to enhance its sherbetty mid-palate freshness. It signs off with a long gently fragrant aftertaste. A fantastic bargain’

  • James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au, November 2009

    94 Points; An aromatic lime-infused bouquet, then a totally delicious palate, with bright lime juice flavours and a crisp finish built around well-balanced acidity. Screwcap.
    12.5% alc Drink 2019 $16.95 Date Tasted Nov 09


Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV

  • James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, December 2013

    91 Points: 'Smart packaging reminiscent of the label of Louis Roederer. Left on lees for a number of months; its salmon pink; the 60% pinot noir component is dominant, with it's abundant cherry, strawberry fruit carrying through to the creamy back palate.'

  • Winestate Magazine, May/June 2012

    Top 40 Best Buy

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    3* 'Floral strawberry-like aromas and a pleasant, crisp, strawberry and cream palate.'

  • Wine Access Magazine, Canada, 3rd February 2012

    A slightly pink and fruity nose, with a clean fresh and light-medium body. Some red fruit flavours appear on the palate, leading to a dry finish.

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting March / April 2011 Edition

    Equal Top in Category

  • Winestate, December 2010 Issue

    'Big brooding, creamy style. Delicate tangerine colour. Pleasant strawberry & cream flavours'

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, 26 October 2010

    4.5* 'Barossa - based Thorn-Clarke always delivers bang for your buck. Its Sandpiper table wines are astonishing value and this bubbly follows suit. It is pale copper-pink in colour, with appetising red berry, citrus, spic and light yeasty notes on the nose, a smooth rich palate and a touch of firmness on the lingering, fine after-taste'

  • Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, 9 December 2009

    89 Points. ‘The palest of blushes just tips this into the rose class, with attractive crunchy strawberry twang, a clean fresh palate that doesn't pretend to provide any great complexity and rather a refreshing fun drink of summer bubbles’

  • Tony Aspler’s Wine Picks, On the Go, May 2015, Volume 8, Issue 5

    TONY ASPLER'S WINE PICKS, ON THE GO, MAY 2015, VOLUME 8, ISSUE 5

    ‘Don’t miss this great value bubbly. Pale pink-gold in colour; a nose of cherries with a floral grace note. Medium-bodied, dry, easy drinking; creamy on the palate with a sour cherry flavour.’


18 Year Old Tawny NV

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    90 Points

  • Wine Spectator Insider, Vol. 9, No. 16, April 17, 2013

    90 Points: Dark and sweet, with coffee and allspice notes weaving through a fairly sweet layer of tea, walnut and creme brulee. Persists nicely.


Terra Barossa Shiraz 2016

  • Winefront, May 2017

    90 Points - Winefront, May 2017

    Dark cherry and red berries, sage and toast, vanilla perfume. Medium to full bodied, plum and well-rounded, with powdery soft tannin, balanced acidity, some savoury tarry flavour, but pretty much fresh and friendly. Finish is solid too. Nicely done. Good drink here.

  • Raymond Chan Mar17

    17.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

    Dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is firm and tightly bound with intense and deep aromas of ripe blackberry fruit along with black pepper and mineral detail, unfolding nuances of florals, dark herbs, spice and a suggestion of tar. Full-bodied, the palate has well-bound and firm flavours of blackberries with boysenberry, plum, black pepper, liquorice and jam elements, along with dark herbs and tar. The fruit forms a packed core with fine-grained tannin extraction providing good linearity. The acidity is ripe and integrated, and the wine carries to an elegant finish with light, lingering blackberry fruit. This is a youthfully tight and concentrated Shiraz with a fine-textured core of blackberry fruit with black pepper and liquorice flavours. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 4-5+ years.


Terra Barossa Shiraz 2015

  • Raymond Chan apr16

    16.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, April 2016

    Very full, near impenetrable, black-hued ruby-red colour with purple tints.  The nose is fine in proportion with tightly-bound, penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry, plum and liquorice fruit, along with black pepper, spices and subtle, minerally reduction.  This is soft and integrated.  Medium-full bodied, the flavours of black berried fruits, liquorice and black pepper are detailed with spice and eucalypt notes along with some minerally, earthy reduction.  The wine is elegant in presentation with a softly extracted, fine-textured core, balanced by fresh, lacy acidity.  This has good drive and linearity, with concentration and presence, and carries to a long finish of black fruits, pepper and minerals.  This is an elegantly concentrated, fine-textures Shiraz with black fruits and some minerally, reductive detail.’ 

  • Wine Spectator Apr16

    91 Points - Wine Spectator, April 2016

    Fresh earth, toasted cumin and black tea flavours are dark and dense, with black liquorice and thick tannin's forming a backdrop to the blackberry and plum compote notes. Persistent on the finish.

  • Winestate Mag

    4 1/2 Stars / Best In Class ($15 - $20) - Winestate Magazine ' Worlds Best Shiraz Comp' 2017

    Savoury meaty aromas with slight floral-like lift. Dark sweet / savoury fruit on the palate with good use of oak, fresh acidity and very firm tannins which will resolve with time.

  • Winestate Magazine 2016

    Winestate Magazine Mainfrieght World's Greatest Shiraz

    4.5 Stars / Top of Category

  • Winespectator - April 2016

    91 Points - Wine Spectator April 2016

    Fresh earth, toasted cumin and black tea flavors are dark and dense, with black licorice and thick tannin's forming a backdrop to the blackberry and plum compote notes. Persistent on the finish.


Terra Barossa Shiraz 2014

  • James Halliday 2017

    James Halliday's Wine Companion

    93 Points - It's certainly got a catchy name, you almost wonder why no-one thought of it before. The crimson-purple hue is good, as are the overall dimensions of the medium to full-bodied palate; here plum is in the vanguard, conferring a pleasingly juicy quality to the mid-palate, savoury, supple tannins on the finish.


Terra Barossa Shiraz 2012

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2015

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    93 Points 

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, Wine Guide, July 2014

    WINE GUIDE, THE AGE, RALPH KYTE-POWELL, JULY 2014

    90 Points: ‘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.’

  • The Weekend Herald, New Zealand, July 2015

    THE WEEKEND HERALD, NEW ZEALAND JULY 2015

    'This wine has won so many medals and trophies and five-star ratings that someone is bound to say, “Sandpiper, why can’t you just step aside and give someone else a go please?” But it won’t be me. I love the lick of leather, black berry fruit, chocolate and coffee characters in this Barossa bonza, which, when combined with sweet smoke, dried herb and pepper flavours, creates a warming, juicy, dangerously drinkable wine.'

  • John Hawkesby, Canvas Magazine, July 2014

    JOHN HAWKESBY, CANVAS MAGAZINE, JULY 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.’

  • Sunday Canberra Times 22/6/2014

    SUNDAY CANBERRA TIMES, JUNE 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.’


Terra Barossa Shiraz 2011

  • "You've Got to pay it to the piper", Jon Helmer, Surf Coast Times 2/4/2013

    "Believe it or not, but this 'Piper' was pipped at the post by only half a point by the winner of last year's Jimmy Watson Trophy (the Bests 2011 Bin 1 Shiraz - $25, a wine that went on to sell out extremely quickly as per usual with Jimmy Watson winners of yore)."


Terra Barossa Shiraz 2010

  • Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2013

    90 Points - Very ripe, dense aromas of dark berries and plums are lifted by scents of violets and lightly toasty vanilla/cedar oak. Generous and sweetly fruited, It's a wonderfully opulent Barossa shiraz with a pleasing length of flavour and restrained oak that finishes with a lingering core of vibrant, juicy fruit, a hint of licorice and a refreshing acidity.

  • Cuisine, June 2012 (New Zealand)

    4 Stars - This wine from Thorn-Clarke is a consistent winner in our tastings. Aromas 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.

  • The Age, Epicure, June 2012

    4 Stars - 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.

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    90 Points - Strong purple-crimson; 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.

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    4.5*

  • Winestate Magazine, Wine & Spirit Insider, March/April 2012

    Top 40 Best Buy

  • Winestate Annual Shiraz Tasting, September / October 2011

    4.5* - 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. $15


Terra Barossa Shiraz 2009

  • Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012

    90 Points - Evidence that 2009 did produce some delightfully bright Barossa shiraz. A slightly jammy, sweet fragrance of cassis, blackberries, mulberries and dark plums is lifted by some fresh vanilla oak and a hint of blue flowers. Its sumptuous, juicy palate of intense dark berry and plum flavours knit easily with mocha/vanilla oak, some fine, crunchy tannins and a hint of menthol. There's plenty of length, although it's just marginally dilute in mid-palate.

  • Decanter (UK) August 2011

    4*


Terra Barossa Shiraz 2008

  • Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, Issue 186, December 2009

    89 Points

  • James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au, November 2009

    93 Points; Dense purple-crimson sets the scene for a densely packed bouquet and medium- to full-bodied palate. Strong plum and blackberry fruit flavours drive the wine, which avoids dead fruit characters and carries its alcohol very well. Screwcap.

  • Winestate Sept/Oct 2009

    Top 40 Best Buy under $20


Terra Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot 2012

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Scores 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

    90 Points: ‘Inky ruby. Exotically perfumed aromas of dark fruit preserves, incense and woodsmoke are sharpened by a peppery nuance. Fleshy and supple on the palate, with good depth to its sweet blackberry and cherry flavours. Silky tannins build slowly and add shape to the long, fruit-driven finish. This wine is quite complex for the money.’

  • Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, November 2014

    ROBERT PARKER - THE WINE ADVOCATE, NOVEMBER 2014

    89 Points: ‘This is one of my go-to wineries for top values from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The Thorn family has been growing grapes since the 1870’s, and the quality of these wines are impressive. Moreover, the prices are almost ridiculously low, making these wines frequent entries in The Wine Advocate. The 2012 Terra Barossa Proprietary Red, a blend of 69% Shiraz, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot aged 12 months in a combination of French and American oak, is a wine that over-delivers . Its deep purple colour is followed by notes of blueberries, licorice, camphor, chocolate and a background hint of espresso. This is a big, chewy, rich, fruit-bomb with enough oak to provide additional character. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.’


Terra Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot 2011

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 2013

    87 Points: 'The 2011 Terrra Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot (69%, 21% and 10% respectively) exhibits notes of tabacco leaf, cedarwood, melted chocolate, black currants and vanillin. Medium bodied, round, juicy and low in acidity, it is a bistro/hamburger/pizza wine that is best drunk in its first several years of life.'


Terra Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot 2010

  • Wine Taste Weekly #118, July 2013, Tyson Stelzer

    'Thorn-Clarke not only took the top trophy in the Great Australian Red last year, it also secured the trophy for The Best Wine Under $20 with its great value Tera Barossa blend. It sings of the great 2010 vintage in succulent blackcurrants, mulberries, plums and black cherries, with subtle complexity of game, supported by firm, fine tannins that promise a decade in the cellar.'


Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • Winefront - April 2017

    91 Points – Gary Walsh, Winefront, May 2017

    Chocolate cake, black fruit, a bit of mint and spice to go with it. Full bodied, sweet plum and blackberry, thick and rich with lovely bouncy tannin, settled acidity, and a bit of tobacco and toasty savoury stuff on a satisfying finish. Value here. Nicely done.

  • West Australian, April 2017

    91 Points - West Australian, Ray Jordan, April 2017

    Super value-for-money cabernet displaying loads of dark chocolate and blackberry flabours with a fine spiciness. The oak has been liberally applied to complement the generous fruit. Soft and supple tannins support the medium to full body. 

  • thegoodwine.co.nz April 2017

    4 1/2 Stars - thegoodwine.co.nz, April 2017

    You can tell this is Cabernet a mile off, because you'll be able to smell it from across the room as it pours from the bottle. Liquorice, eucalypt, pepper, seasoned saddle leather and bay leaf all jostle for position in the glass in this multi-award winning wine. Named Thorn-Clarke after founders David Clarke and Cheryl Thorn and the migratory bird that annually visits the winery, it's packed with blueberry and earthy spices, fresh acidity and elastic tannins. Long, savoury and seriously good value.

  • Raymond Chan Mar17

    18/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

    Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. This has a firmly concentrated and deep nose with aromas of fresh blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, along with cassis liqueur, harmoniously melded with mint herb nuances. The fruit is expressed with clarity. Full-bodied, the palate is sweetly ripe with well concentrated flavours of blackcurrants and cassis liqueur. The fruit richnessis balanced and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. Soft, piquant acidity enlivens the fruit, and the wine carries along a positive line, leading to a long and sustained finish of sweet blackcurrant fruit balanced by dry textures. This is a well-structured, sweetly ripe blackcurrant and cassis fruited Cabernet Sauvignon with firm tannin grip and a positive, lingering finish. Match with roast lamb and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years.


Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2015

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    95 Points 

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Scores 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

    90 Points: ‘Brilliant ruby. Fresh cherry and cassis on the nose, with smoky mineral, oak spice and floral qualities adding complexity. Supple red and dark berry flavours provide very good palate coverage and show an energetic character thanks to juicy acidity. This suave, approachable cabernet finishes with very good thrust and persistent sweetness.’

  • Ray Jordan, Cellar Talk, October 2014 

    RAY JORDAN, CELLAR TALK, OCTOBER 2014

    90 Points: ‘Oodles of ripe, lush blackcurrant on the nose of this opulent cabernet from the Barossa. Spicy aromas with dark chocolate nuances. The palate is deep and intense, with huge concentration of fruit. Slight oaky astringency on the finish adds balance and focus. Nice wine with some hearty red meat. Great value for this quality and style.’


Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    3.5*

  • West Australian, 19th January 2012

    94 Points - The smells of blackcurrant and tobacco on the nose with traces of plum and blackberry. The palate is firm and concentrated with terrific richness and depth of pure cabernet fruit. Strikes a great balance of fine grained oak and fine grainy tannin. This is a quality cabernet from an outstanding vintage.


Terra Barossa Chardonnay 2009

  • Winestate Annual 2012

    Lovely fresh chardonnay aromas of nectarines and nougat, and a creamy palate with loads of sweet, fleshy fruit flavours. Has texture and balance.

  • Winestate July/August 2010

    4* 'New Releases'; stylish and elegant wine with fresh honeydew melon fruit, balanced with nicely handled oak, light delicate aromas and tight flavoursome palate

  • Winewise, Lester Jesberg, July 2010 'Recommended'

    Recommended; has a good peach impact with some nuttiness. An attractive drink now style.


Mount Crawford Riesling 2016

  • WBM, May 2017

    92 Points – Wine Business Monthly, May 2017

    This is pretty drinking. The wine offers classic Eden characters of lemon blossom, mixed citrus peel, Bickfords Lime Cordial in bouquet. The palate takes a similar tack, frisky with grapefruity acidity, juicy with more Bickfords lime going on, and offers pristine flavours through its good, refreshing length. A kiss of sweetness to close heightens drinkability. Nicely done

  • Raymond Chan Mar17

    17.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

    Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fine and elegantly proportioned with intense aromas of pure lime fruit and white florals, integrated with subtle thirst-quenching, wet-stone mineral elements. This is refined in expression with delicate detail. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is slender with good depth of mouthwatering lime, floral and mineral flavours. The palate flows along a fine, chalky-textured line with fresh, balanced acidity in the background. The wine carries to a light, nuanced, dry finish of citrus fruits and minerals. This is a light and slender dry Riesling with lime, floral and mineral flavours on a chalky-textured, mouthwatering palate.

  • Winestate Mag

    4 1/2 Stars / Equal top in class - Winestate Magazine

    An ultra-youthful wine probably best to drink with a few years of age on it. Tight closed nose and very tight and intense citrus palate. Good understanding of the variety.


Mount Crawford Riesling 2014

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

    JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016

    90 Points - 'Pale quartz; a floral, blossom-filled bouquet, with a passing hint of musk, leads into a crisp palate with balanced acidity and good length.'

  • MARGOT MUIR, ASPIRE, FEBRUARY 2015

    MARGOT MUIR, ASPIRE, FEBRUARY 2015

    'How do you describe Riesling? Just think of the five F’s: fruity, floral, fine, finesse, finish. It’s a great all-rounder. And when that is all packed into a 750ml bottle for $19, you are on a winner. On the nose is lemon citrus and floral bath salts. The palate is bright ripe lemon with crisp minerally acid forming the backbone of the wine. It has a refreshingly clean finish with long acid persistence. Enjoy this wine young and fresh or carefully cellar for five to seven years.’


Mount Crawford Riesling 2013

  • The West Australian, Thursday 28th of November

    92 Points: 'The high altitude cooler climes of the Eden Valley are ideal for riesling. This is typically minerally with a little lemon-scented blossom in there. The palate is still restrained but approachable with a terrific natural acidity sustaining the finish. Excellent wine for the shorter term. 92 Points'

  • James Halliday's Top Value Wines $20 and Under, Wine Companion Magazine Feb/March 2014 Issue

    JAMES HALLIDAY'S TOP VALUE WINES $20 AND UNDER, WINE COMPANION MAGAZINE FEB/MARCH 2014 ISSUE

    91 Points: 'A well-made wine, built around a structure of minerally acidity, lime and lemon providing the flesh to go on the bones.'

  • Tony Keys, The Key Review of Wine, July 2014

    TONY KEYS, THE KEY REVIEW OF WINE, JULY 2014

    91 Points: 'When I tasted this in September 2013 I said the future is bright according to my reckoning but that future will not start until around the end of February 2014. I think this is a very good wine indeed and it's worth an easy 91 points, but if drunk too soon the $19 asked will be considered expensive and the drinker may be disappointed. However, if not drunk until some time into 2014 it's a bargain and I'm sure at least three more points to come.'

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Scores 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

    90 Points: ‘Pale yellow. Spicy, floral and bright on the highly perfumed nose, offering scents of citrus peel and green apple. Spicy, firm and light in body, with intense flavours of bitter lemon, lime pith and chalky minerality. Zesty, firm and long on the lime-tinged finish.’

  • Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, November 2014

    ROBERT PARKER - THE WINE ADVOCATE, NOVEMBER 2014

    88 Points: ‘This is one of my go-to wineries for top values from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The Thorn family has been growing grapes since the 1870’s, and the quality of these wines are impressive. Moreover, the prices are almost ridiculously low, making these wines frequent entries in The Wine Advocate. A strong effort, the dry 2013 Riesling Mt. Crawford offers up hints of spring flowers, green apple skins, wet rocks and honey. Medium-bodied and crisp with authentic Riesling aromas and flavours, it can be enjoyed over the next several years.’

  • Tony Love, Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 21/01/2014

    TONY LOVE, DAILY TELEGRAPH, TUESDAY 21/01/2014

    4 Stars: "Beautiful riesling aromas, like limes and green apple juice, honey, lemons and subtle blossom, all concentrate here in the mouth for a bag load of flavour while remaining crisp, thirst quenching and more-ish, with a light minerally finish. Get it cold and bring on any seafood."

  • Adelaide Review Hottest 100 wines for 2013

    'Imagine a stroll across a field of lavender with citrus tree lines, which embrace the palate toward a crisp line of acidity. Yum.'


Mount Crawford Riesling 2012

  • Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2014

    89 Points: 'Impactful and profoundly textured, with a floral, slightly confectionary and chalky bouquet of lime juice and lemon pith that precedes a juicy, marginally sweet palate whose generous depth and length of flavour overlies a chalky, briny backbone. It finishes austere, with pleasing balance and freshness.'

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    88 Points

  • James Halliday's Top Cellaring selections of 2013

    91 Points: There is a spicy dryness that runs right through the palate, bolstered by persistent, although balanced, acidity. A wine begging for time in bottle, its long future laid out for all to see.

  • Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, 100 Top new release wines.

    92 Stars: 'The aromas are minerally and restrained, with slaty notes, building a hint of ginger/spice as it airs. It's delicate and understated in the mouth, with chalky texture and a hint of lemon-pith. Dry, mineral and borderline austere in its youth.'

  • Winsor Dobbin, The Sydney Examiner, 2 December 2012

    Most of the quality rieslings from classic regions are now nudging above the $20 mark, which makes this wine from a very good Eden Valley producer something of a bargain. This is from a particularly good vintage and made by rising star Helen McCarthy, formerly of Taylors in the Clare Valley. The bouquet is both floral and spicy, the palate fresh and clean with characteristic citrus notes and plenty of fresh, cleansing acidity. A great drink for a warm summer afternoon.

  • Adelaide Review Hottest 100, November 2012

    Great length, orange zest, talcy and spicy with touch of weight that really pleases.

  • Taste Top 100 Wines, November 2012

    Introducing quintessential Eden Valley riesling, this captures the character of a grand season in a value-for-money package. The lime blossom perfume, kaffir lime spice, crunchy granny smith apples and subtle mineral texture of this purity are usually only seen in more expensive rieslings.

  • Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, September 2012

    92 Points - This Barossa- and Eden Valley- based family winery produces a very consistent range of quality wines, of which represents excellent value – especially the Riesling. A little of 2002 tasted recently showed what fine wines they are and how well they hold with age. The colour is pale, the aromas are minerally and restrained, with slaty notes, building a hint of ginger and spice as it airs. It’s delicate and understated in the mouth, with chalky texture and a hint of lemon pith. Dry, mineral and borderline austere in its youth, it’s tightly wound and promises much for the future. You can enjoy it with simply cooked fish now, though. Drink now to 2020 and beyond.

  • Tyson Stelzer

    93 Points - This is quintessential 2012 Eden Valley Riesling, capturing the flattering personality of a grand season in a value-for-money package. A bouquet of lime blossom perfume and kaffir lime spice is reminiscent of many of the more expensive Rieslings of the vintage. The palate follows a similar form, with crunchy granny smith apple and tense lime zest fruit of impressive concentration and purity. Taut acidity lingers long on the finish, amidst subtle mineral texture.

  • The Age, August 2012

    From Mount Crawford at the southern end of South Australia's Eden Valley, Thorn-Clarke's wines are great value. This soon-to-be-released 2012 riesling has a musky, floral nose with suggestions of apple, lime and cinnamon. The palate is very dry and savoury with good length and a firm backbone.


Mount Crawford Riesling 2011

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    3*

  • Drinks Trade, 1st January 2012

    RRp $16 - 'Delicate, lovely floral complexity, excellent fruit and mouth-watering acidity. Some tropical fruit notes; dry with medium length; mineral, fine, lemony characters.'

  • Big Red Wine Book; Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh

    Slightly cheesy on opening then into the more traditional citrus and subtle tropical fruit. It's juicy and fresh with decent flavour, a shapely cut of acid and dry finish. Perhaps a little rough and commercial but a good wine and a good drink too.


Mount Crawford Riesling 2010

  • Wine Spectator, June 2011

    90 Points

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2011 Edition

    3.5*

  • Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012

    90 Points - The best wine under this label I have tasted should flesh out and age with grace. Already developing some smokiness and toastiness, its delicate scent of white flowers, peach, apple and lemon rind precedes a long, even and brightly flavoured palate. Wine a fine underlying chalkiness and a pleasing length of fresh, if uncomplicated lime, lemon and apple flavour, it finishes with fine balance and tangy, citrusy acids.

  • James Halliday, August 2010

    92 Points; Light straw-green; an elegant and crisp riesling, with floral counterpoints of apple, herb and lime/lemon on the bouquet, and citrus, minerally acidity on the palate. Will undoubtedly develop will in bottle. Screwcap. 12.5% alc. Drink 2019


Mount Crawford Chardonnay 2016

  • Raymond Chan Mar17

    18/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017

    Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is well-proportioned with intense, deep and well-concentrated aromas of yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits and mealy elements, along with notes of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak detail. The nose retains a steely freshness. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses stylishly restrained flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit integrated with mealy and nutty notes. The mouthfeel is soft with a gently textured line and integrated acidity, and the wine flows smoothly to a moderately long, dry finish of citrus and nutty flavours. This is a stylish Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus and mealy flavours, with nutty oak on a soft-textured palate with underlying freshness. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years.


Mount Crawford Chardonnay 2013

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

    JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2014

    90 Points: ‘Something of a surprise packet, with some depth to its varietal fruit expression, while retaining focus and brightness; white peach, nectarine and melon flavours are given support by a light touch of French oak.’

  • The West Australian, Thursday 28th of November

    THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, THURSDAY 28TH OF NOVEMBER

    89 Points: 'Like the riesling in this range which is sourced from Eden Valley. It is only lightly influenced by oak but in the main it is all peachy and melon with a trace of citrus tang. Crunchy fruit on the finish, an eminently appealing and drinkable wine.'

  • Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, November 2014

    ROBERT PARKER - THE WINE ADVOCATE, NOVEMBER 2014

    88 Points: ‘This is one of my go-to wineries for top values from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The Thorn family has been growing grapes since the 1870’s, and the quality of these wines are impressive. Moreover, the prices are almost ridiculously low, making these wines frequent entries in The Wine Advocate. The 2013 Chardonnay Mt. Crawford exhibits more peach and tropical fruit characteristics as well as a more opulent style. It offers good, fresh, zesty acids and assorted citrus notes in its elegant, medium-bodied personality. Consume it over the next year.’


Mount Crawford Chardonnay 2011

  • Winestate Magazine May/June 2012

    3 Stars & Top 40 Best Buy

    'Aperitif style with a peachy/toasty oak nose and citrus, acid-based flavours.'

  • The Week, 31st August 2012

    This light-to medium-bodied drop has just a touch of French oak and "a distinct mineral and citrus cut that runs the length of a tightly held palate". Controlled and balanced.


Mount Crawford Chardonnay 2010

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012

    86 Points - The 2010 Mount Crawford Chardonnay displays notes of white peach and honeysuckle with a more tropical hint of pineapple. It is crisp, elegant, mid-weight, fruity and straightforward. Drink is over the next year.


Milton Park Shiraz 2014

  • Matthew Jukes Top 100 Australian Wines - 2016

    Matthew Jukes Top 100 Australian Wines - 2016

    This great wine is my entry level Shiraz of the year. Congratulations to Thorn-Clarke for managing to capture the exuberance of this variety, seasoning it with just the right amount of American oak and also dodging any confected notes whatsoever! It's not as easy as it sounds and these guys have hit the jackpot with this energetic, aromatic wine.


Milton Park Shiraz 2010

  • Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012

    87 Points - The 2010 Milton Park Shiraz (aged 12 months in American oak) exhibits hints of coconut, clackberry and vanilla followed by a velvety texture and oodles of dark black currant and blackberry fruit as well as hints of pepper and smoke. Drink it over the next 2 - 3 years.


Terra Barossa Importers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Scores 2014

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

    90 Points: ‘Inky ruby. Redcurrant and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of fruitcake, anise and vanilla. Juicy and focused on the palate, with zesty red fruit and floral pastille flavours taking a turn to deeper cherry with air. A firm spine of acidity adds lift and cut to the persistent, subtly sweet finish, which shows just a hint of tannins.’


Terra Barossa Merlot 2010

  • Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, March 2013

    88 Points: This is a concentrated, succulent merlot with flavours of dark berries, black pepper and licorice. It's sweet on the entry but finds balance in vigorous acidity.


Morello Nebbiolo 2012

  • ALAN HUNTER- COURIER MAIL

    ALAN HUNTER, COURIER MAIL, JULY 2014

    89 Points: Nebbiolo generally excels in moderate climates with long ripening seasons, so this example from Barossa’s warm climate surprises. An early pick resulting in 11.5% alcohol content is hardly stereotypical, but it offers fresh, fragrant cherry and cranberry fruits with understated tannins.’


Mount Crawford Pinot Gris 2012

  • Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013

    87 Points


Terra Barossa Merlot 2010

  • James Halliday, June 2011

    91 Points - 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 provides structure and eliminated the 'sweet and simple' tag that merlots at this price can deliver. Value plus; drink or cellar for a a year or two.


Mount Crawford Pinot Gris 2010

  • Winewise Magazine, July 2011 - 'Highly Recommended'

    "Delicate pear varietal aroma's introduce the wine which has an attractive chalky/mineral texture with very good depth of varietal fruit and a long vibrant finish. More in the Grigio style, it's best in the short term at a very good price. Excellent Value."


Terra Barossa Merlot 2009

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    90 Points


Mount Crawford Pinot Gris 2012

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March/April 2013 Edition

    3 Stars


Terra Barossa Merlot 2009

  • Winestate, August 2011

    4* - Big, bold merlot - still very young and needing a little more cellaring. Has an intensity of blackberry fruit and nice long firm tannins. $15


Mount Crawford Pinot Gris 2012

  • The Grape Hunter, Winsor Dobbin, August 2012

    "New Thorn-Clarke winemaker Helen McCarthy, a rising talent poached from Taylor’s, is showing a deft touch even with entry level wines such as this. Midway in style between the complexity of pinot gris and the freshness of pinot grigio, this is a quite delightful drink for the price, full flavoured with citrus and poached pear notes but at the same time very crisp and clean. Excellent drinkability and value."


Terra Barossa Importers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

  • Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, November 2014

    ROBERT PARKER - THE WINE ADVOCATE, NOVEMBER 2014

    90 Points: ‘This is one of my go-to wineries for top values from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The Thorn family has been growing grapes since the 1870’s, and the quality of these wines are impressive. Moreover, the prices are almost ridiculously low, making these wines frequent entries in The Wine Advocate. The 2012 Terra Barossa Importer’s Reserve reveals fabulous richness for a wine in this price range along with a full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of blackberry and crème de cassis fruit intertwined with hints of charcoal, burning embers and vanilla from its oak aging. A note of roasted coffee beans and a sweet, creamy mouthfeel make for a lush, opulent, impressive wine that over –delivers in quality, flavour, intensity and character. It tastes like something costing twice as much. Drink now-2020.’


Morello Nebbiolo 2012

  • Bob Campbell, New Zealand, 2015

    BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

    91 Points 


Terra Barossa Merlot 2010

  • West Australian, 19th January 2012

    93 Points - 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 tannin and oak in support. This is a substantial statement for merlot and well worth checking out.


Terra Barossa Merlot 2009

  • Winestate July / August 2011

    4* - Equal Top of Class; Merlot and Other Bordeaux Varietals


Morello Nebbiolo 2012

  • John Hawkesby, Canvas Magazine, July 2014

    CANVAS MAGAZINE, JOHN HAWKESBY, JULY 2014

    ‘From grapes grown in the southern Barossa ranges where the long ripening periods and crisp cool nights are well suited to this much-loved Italian varietal. Very herby with distinctive displays of violets, cherries and plums and enough acidity to drink now or cellar for years. Perfect with pasta and great buying.’


Terra Barossa Merlot 2010

  • Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition

    4*


Terra Barossa Merlot 2008

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, 26 October 2010

    4.5* 'Many people are unsure of what to expect from a Merlot. Authentic varietal character drives this Barossa version via a soft nose of mulberries, plums, raspberries and gentle spice, backed up by a succulent, fresh, medium bodied palate. Soft supple tannins back it up well' 


Mount Crawford Pinot Gris 2010

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

    90 Points


Mount Crawford Pinot Gris 2012

  • Taste Top 100 Wines, November 2012

    "A pale pink colour offers a seductive start, before exuding a more exotic fragrance than most PGs-more towards spiced strawberry. It's crisper than you'd expect out of the gris side of the varietal naming conventions, with a tang of lemon and lime juice, as well as its lingering red apple taste in the finish."


Terra Barossa Merlot 2010

  • Winestate Magazine, Wine & Spirit Insider, March/April 2012

    Top 40 Best Buy


Mount Crawford Pinot Gris 2011

  • Winewise Magazine, December 2011

    "This is a very good varietal expression, with fruit perfumed pear and apple aromatics. The palate is supple and the firmness matches the weight of fruit and acidity. Excellent value."


Morello Nebbiolo 2012

  • The Key Review of Wine, Tony Keys, September 2014

    THE KEY REVIEW OF WINE, TONY KEYS, SEPTEMBER 2014

    94 Points‘Light delicate fragrant nose soft and gentle across the palate and the most wonderful finish with perfume lingering, great value at $20.’


Mount Crawford Pinot Gris 2010

  • Selector Magazine, Summer 11/12

    "This was the best performed of the budget-priced wines and at $14.95 RRP, represents great value. This Barossa producer has headed into the cooler reaches of the Eden Valley for this single site white. It has attractive lanolin, lavendar and floral aromas, good intensity, pleasing texture and balanced zippy acidity. Dave Mavor saw 'fantastic minerality' on the nose."

 

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