2010 Terra Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot
The colour is a deep inky purple. The nose is a complex mixture of lifted berry fruit, pencil shavings/chocolate oak and ripe plums, with a floral lift from the Petit Verdot component. The palate is medium to full bodied. Due to the complexity of the blend, the palate starts with sweet plums and spice and then turns to blackcurrants and liquorice with dark chocolate interwoven throughout the mouth. Soft and sweet tannins then follow on with some great sweet fruit.
The grapes are crushed and destemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees celcius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into predominately French oak to mature.
12 Months in French and American oak
Shiraz 69%, Cabernet Sauvignon 21%, Petit Verdot 10%
The 2010 vintage followed good winter rainfall in 2009 and allowed the vineyards to commence the 2010 season with good soil moisture levels. This soil moisture, combined with moderate weather conditions throughout most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development. In summary an excellent vintage, with very little extreme weather resulting in fantastic colour and flavour in red varietals, and excellent acid and flavour profiles.
Trophy at The Get Wines Direct Trophy for The Best Wine under $20 (The Great Australian Red 2012)
Gold at The Great Australian Red 2012
Bronze at 2012 Queensland Wine Show
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.'