2016 Barossa Trail Shiraz
Deep red colour on release. Plum with a hint of blackberry and aromatic spices. A medium to full bodied wine with vibrant fruit characters, spicy oak and a plush tannin finish.
The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice. Ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degree Celsius range which allows 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.
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 at 2018 Melbourne International Wine Challenge
Gold at 2018 Sydney International Wine Competition
Gold at 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show
Silver at 2017 Adelaide Wine Show
Silver at 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show
Bronze at 2018 Rutherglen Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 Queensland Wine Show
4 Stars at 2019 Winestate World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge
5 Stars / Equal top in category at Winestate Magazine
94 Points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2019
From the St Kitts Vineyard in the far north of the Barossa, destemmed, open-fermented with cultured yeast, pressed 10 days after crushing to French oak for 12 months maturation. Deep, bright colour, bright and clear; a seductively fragrant and salubriously rich shiraz that keeps moving despite - or due to - its peacock's tail of aromas and flavours ranging from dark chocolate and licorice to stewed plum and blackberries.
92 Points - Tyson Stelzer, The Barossa Mag, December 2017
The density of St Kitts in the far north of the Barossa is contained by tight-knit structure in this vibrant Shiraz. Beautifully finely textured tannins provide integrity to a plush palate of blue fruit expression.
92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Barossa Trail (and Eden Trail) is part of the expanding Thorn Clarke range. This sees all-French oak. It doesn’t really get your pulse racing but it feels good on the tongue, has ample flavour, sits in the sweet-spot ripeness-wise and seals the deal on the finish. Not a hair out of place, you might say. Blackberry, toast, chicory and cloves. Well-weighted, well-balanced, well-good.
92 Points - Bob Campbell MW
Rich, flavoursome Barossa Shiraz with plum, dark berry, roasted meat, dark chocolate, liquorice and spicy oak flavours. A big, warm and generous red with plenty of sweet fruit that is supported by good ripe tannins.
18.5 Points - Raymond Chan, November 2017
Full, very dark, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour. The nose is softy packed with deep and dense aromas of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with nuances of dark raspberries and boysenberries, along with subtle notes of black pepper and hints of spice. Full-bodied, the palate has concentrated and intense flavours of blackberries, dark raspberries and boysenberries, with black pepper, spices and dark-red florals. The sweet and luscious fruit is supported by plenty of fine-grained tannins with balanced acidity. The mouthfeel is fine in texture and grip, and the wine carries with some power to a long, sustained, elegant finish of black and dark-red berry fruit with spice and pepper notes. This is a sweetly rich, ripe and densely concentrated Shiraz with black and red fruits on a well-structures palate with drive and power. Match with roasted and grilled lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8+ years.