Thorn-Clarke Wines

Thorn Clarke scores great reviews

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.
– 2007 Shotfire Quartage – 92 points
– 2006 Morello Nebbiolo – 91 points
– 2006 Sandpiper Merlot – 89 points
– 2007 Sandpiper Shiraz – 89 points
– 2007 Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon – 87 points

James Halliday; 2010 Australian Wine Companion – Five Star Winery
– 2006 William Randell Shiraz, 94 points
– 2008 Sandpiper Eden Valley Riesling, 94 points
– 2007 Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon, 91 points
– 2007 Shotfire Shiraz, 91 points
– 2007 Shotfire Eden Valley Chardonnay 90 points

Tony Love – Adelaide Advertiser June 17, 2009
2007 Shotfire Shiraz, 92 points. Typical Barossa Shiraz, plums and chocolate characters, underlying oak elements with good bright fruit lift towards the finish for a flourish.
Cambell Mattinson Winefront Monthly, 8 April 2009

2005 William Randell Shiraz, 93 points. Dense, licoricey, hit with a good deal of creamy vanillin oak but tidy and tannic through the finish. Packs a punch but keeps itself nice too. Blackberry and coconut notes too. Avoids overt jamminess, despite its ripeness and strength. Of course you have to like the Big Warm Red style, but it’s a good version of it.

Winestate Magazine March / April 2009
– 2007 Sandpiper Shiraz ‘Top 40 Best Buy’
– 2007 Shotfire Shiraz 4.5 stars and top of category
– 2006 Sandpiper Barossa Blend 4 stars and equal top of category

Winestate Magazine November / December 2008
– 2008 Sandpiper Riesling 4 stars

Tim White – The Australian Financial Review, 28 November 2008
2006 Morello Nebbiolo; 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.

Cambell Mattinson – Winefront Monthly, 21 October 2008
2008 Sandpiper Riesling, 89 points. Talk about mouthfeel. There’s almost a creaminess here. It tastes of lime and passionfruit pulp and drives all the way though the finish – it blooms with flavour and somehow maintains it. Unusual ‘shape’ in the mouth for a riesling but a good drop, no doubt. Nice value too.