Thorn-Clarke Wines

Thorn-Clarke wows US wine critic

World famous wine critic Robert M Parker Jnr released his latest edition of his wine review publication, Wine Advocate, this week. Thorn-Clarke’s wines featured strongly with some outstanding scores achieved. The highlights were 2002 Shotfire Ridge Shiraz with 94/100, 2002 Shotfire Ridge Quartage with 93/100 and 2002 Terra Barossa Shiraz with 90/100. As Parker himself says ‘These are astonishing wine values.’

The full results were:

Milton Park (Score/100)

2002 Chardonnay (87)
2002 Shiraz (89)

Sandpiper (Australasia only)/Terra Barossa

2002 Sandpiper/Terra Barossa Shiraz (90)
2002 Sandpiper/Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon (87)

Shotfire Ridge

2002 Shiraz (94)
2002 Cuvee(USA)/Quartage (93)

The whites in our range were not reviewed as the 2003 vintages were not ready at the time of tasting. William Randell will be reviewed in a forthcoming issue.

Parker’s article also featured the following comments:

Thorn-Clarke are now bottling under their own label and several of their offerings are among the greatest red wine values in the marketplace.

2002 Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon (87)

The opaque Ruby/purple-coloured 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Terra Barossa (Sandpiper in Australasia) reveals more cedar, spice box, and earth in its medium bodied, chunky flavours and modest tannin in the finish.

2002 Terra Barossa Shiraz (90)

Absolutely outstanding, the 2002 Shiraz Terra Barossa boasts an inky/blue/purple colour in addition to a distinctive perfume of eucalyptus intermingled with blackberry liqueur, liquorice, and scorched earth. Dense and chewy with gobs of fruit and glycerine and a soft succulent finish. This is a heck of a wine for the price.

Shotfire Ridge

The two Shotfire Ridge Cuvees are awesome. They are both profound wines that should drink well for a decade.

2002 Shotfire Ridge Barossa Cuvee (93)

This may be the best Bordeaux-styled value in the market place. Dense purple colored with a huge nose of melted liquorice infused with creme de cassis, vanilla, spice box and hints of chocolate as well as coffee. It is an extremely intense, full bodied, opulently textured red with no hard edges. This astonishingly pure, riveting wine is available for a song. Don’t miss it!

2002 Shotfire Ridge Barossa Valley Shiraz (94)

It boasts an inky/purple colour as well as a big, sweet, smoky, peppery, blackberry liqueur-scented nose followed by bold flavours of roasted meats, dried herbs, scorched earth, and spice. An incredible value, with huge body and massive fruit as well as glycerine, it is almost too good to be true. But it is!

These are astonishing wine values!