2016 Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright red with a purple hue on release. Lifted blackcurrant balances the fresh herb characters on the nose. A hint of eucalyptus is evident. The palate has bright currant characters throughout. Spice and chocolate add to the complexity of the wine. The tannins are ripe and grainy and give the wine good structure.
Harvest was carried out at night. Once destemmed the fruit was pumped over 2 or 3 times daily depending on colour, tannin and flavour extraction. The must was pressed after 6-8 days, malolactic fermentation was carried out in tank prior to French oak mat-uration for 10 to 12 months depending on the parcel. Post blending minimal fining and filtration were used.
A warm dry spring led to into similarly dry conditions in December and January. The warm weather brought harvest on in the first week of February. A couple of good rain events led to milder conditions and a long even ripening period and excellent flavour development. The wine from 2016 show typical Barossa warmth and generosity and should age well.
Gold / Top 50 Wines at 2017 New World Wine Awards
Bronze at 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show
18 Points - Raymond Chan, November 2017
Black-hued ruby-red colour, near impenetrable, a little lighter on edge. The nose is firm and tightly bound with intense aromas of ripe blackcurrant and blackberry fruit entwined with dark herbs and nuances of mint and eucalyptus. The fruit is fresh and vibrant in expression. Full-bodied, the palate has deep flavours of rich, ripe fruit, showing blackcurrants and cassis with a layering of mint and eucalypt. The flavours are vibrant and underlined by fine, grainy tannin extraction and structure, lending a powdery-textured mouthfeel. The acidity is balanced and integrated, and the wine flows with good drive, leading to a sweet, lingering finish. This is a rich, ripe and plush Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant, blackberry and nuances of mint and eucalypt on a fine-grained and structured palate. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef dishes over the next 5-6+ years.
Windsor Dobbin, November 2017
The Thorn-Clarke wines from the Barossa are in a very good groove right now. This is an impressively bold red, typical of the Barossa, but also with terrific balance between black fruit Cabernet notes, dark plum flavours, savoury oak and soft, appealing tannins. Hints of pepper poke through the fruit and there is plenty of length. A very good choice to accompany gourmet sausages or a backyard barbecue
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