2010 Ron Thorn Shiraz
Deep red with a slight purple hue on release. The wine has a rich mix of dark chocolate infused with coffee bean and black liquorice, then scents of tar, aniseed, raw (pure) soy and black olive on the nose. The palate is expansive, and yet balanced and finessed. An amalgam of dark berried flavours and textural sensations. The 100% new oak is completely absorbed, meshed with ripe tannins, completing a palate of impressive length and youthfulness.
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.
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.
Bronze at 2014 ROYAL HOBART WINE SHOW
Bronze at 2014 VISY Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2014
96 Points: ‘Deep crimson-purple; if you are looking for a rich, velvety black-fruited shiraz, you won’t do much better than this; high quality oak integration from a lengthy sojourn in barrel, and ripe, plump tannins come together with conviction.’
WINE SPECTATOR, DECEMBER 2014
95 Points: ‘Big and rich, with powerful, meaty, spicy black fruit and creme brulee flavours that gain momentum in an open texture. The finish is framed by fine tannins and refreshing acidity on the long finish. Drink now through 2025.’
MIKE BENNIE, WINE BUSINESS MAGAZINE, MARCH 2015
95 Points: ‘If you’re after a nouveau style Barossa wine, step away from the bottle, this is old school, but good school gear. Full tilt in flavour and weight, it’s a boldly flavoured, oak framed wine of deep concentration, persistence, palate drenching fruit and wild, ripe fruit driven scents. Pulses through the mouth with heft but knife edge balance. Impressive example of the style.’
BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2016
BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015
STEPHEN TANZER, INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR MAGAZINE 2014
92 Points: ‘Inky purple. Heady smoke-and spice-tinged aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, licorice candy and potpourri. Lush and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering sweet dark fruit flavours and a suave violet pastille flourish. Lingers with excellent tenacity on the penetrating, persistent finish, which is framed by velvety, slow-building tannins.’
TONY LOVE, SA WEEKEND, APRIL 2015
‘Thorn-Clarke Ron Thorn 2010 Shiraz comes in a very heavy bottle designed to impose a serious first impression. From an exceptional vintage, it’s big, dark, full-bodied, bold and muscly an all–stops-out shiraz only just starting to reveal its complex maturation characters. The 2012 is soon on the way as well.’
ALCOHOL 14.8 %