Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa

Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa


Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa


2015 Sandpiper Shiraz


Deep red with purple hues on release. Lifted plum and stone fruit with blackberry and spice aromas. A medium to full bodied wine with excellent fruit, a hint of spicy oak and a plush tannin finish.


Vinification Notes

The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed 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 ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degree Celsius 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 French oak for maturation for up to 12 months.

Vintage Notes

2015 Vintage was characterised by a dry period extending from July to April, together with warmer than usual temperatures during Spring until mid January which advanced maturity on lower yielding vines. Mild temperatures from Mid January slowed maturities concentrating flavour and intensifying colour development.


Feb-March 2015

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2015 Sandpiper Shiraz

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 Mainfrieght World's Greatest Shiraz 2016

4.5 Stars / Top of Category

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.

2015 Sandpiper Shiraz

2015 Sandpiper Shiraz


VineyardsSt Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge

BottledJanuary 2016