2016 Ron Thorn Shiraz
The Ron Thorn Shiraz is the pinnacle expression of our Barossa tradition, sourced from our St Kitts Vineyard in the far North of the Barossa. Of the more than 40 separate batches of Shiraz that were made in 2016, the Ron Thorn stands proudly at the top.
This single vineyard wine comes from our very low yielding St Kitts Block 7. Planted on undulating slopes, this mesoclimate shows warm daytime temperatures along with very cool nights. In some instances the variations between day and night exceed 30 degrees Celsius. This climate allows for rich ripe flavour expressions with spice and perfume prominent.
Rich, inky purple colour. Aromas of black cherry and liquorice supported by rich vanillin & mocha notes from the American Oak. The palate highlights the intensity of the varietal characters, showing plum and spice, with cocoa, smokey bacon and coffee bean notes below. Dense fruit tannins fill out the palate and lead to a long, complex finish. This is a wine which will comfortably cellar for years to come.
Parcels of fruit for this wine were identified by the winemakers. Daily fruit inspection led to the fruit being harvested at optimum flavour ripeness. The fruit was harvested at night and quickly transported to the winery. The fruit was de-stemmed to 6T open fermenters for fermentation. A Shiraz specific yeast was selected to ferment the wine and fermentation was carried out at a maximum of 28°C. The fermenter was manually pumped over twice daily in the first half of fermentation to give the winemakers control of colour, flavour and tannin extraction. Pump over regimes were adjusted toward the end of fermentation to suit the tannin and flavour extraction of the wine. The cap was completely broken up on each pump over. The wine remained in fermenters for 6-8 days (dependent on parcel) before being pressed, inoculated with malolatic bacteria and filled to American oak (100% new barrels). The wine was racked post malolactic fermentation and returned to the same barrels. The wine was topped every month and after six months racked and returned to the same barrels again. Prior to bottling the parcels were emptied from oak and blended. Minimal fining and filtration was carried out prior to bottling.
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 will age well.
Gold at 2018 New Zealand Wine Show
Silver at 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition
97 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
A profound offering; the gloriously complex bouquet shows dark fruit richness together with vanilla pod, cocoa, smoked game, cedary wood and warm spice characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is opulent and velvety. The wine exhibits magnificent depth and intensity, superbly supported by seamlessly woven tannins, finishing impressively long and engaging.97
96 Points – Bob Campbell MW
Thorn-Clarke's flagship red lives up to its lofty status with intense and concentrated Christmas cake-like characters including dried fruits, chocolate/mocha and spices together with liquorice and a generous oak influence. The wine handles its generous 15.5% alcohol perfectly. Surprisingly good now but definitely one for the cellar.
94- 96 Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate September 2018
Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the 2016 Ron Thorn Shiraz delivers classy hints of pencil shavings, dense, plummy
fruit and almost meaty-savoury intensity. Tannic, with a dry, velvety finish, give it a few years to soften further.