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2015 Thorn Clarke Ron Thorn Shiraz

2015 Thorn Clarke Ron Thorn Shiraz

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$269.97 (Case 3 x 750ml)

Barossa Valley
2015
750ml
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$269.97
Barossa Valley
2015
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Thorn-Clarke has one of the largest private vineyard holdings in the Barossa, this allows the winemaking team plenty of blending options and provides the basis for exceptional Barossa and Eden Valley wines. One of the oweners of Thorn-Clarke, David Clarke lends his winemaking expertise to the vineyard being both a qualifies vigneron and geologist. Further, Senior Winemaker Peter Kelly is critical to the vineyard's success, being named Wine Society 'Young Winemaker of the Year' award in 2009.

    Ron Thorn Shiraz is made from the best fruit grown on the Thorn-Clarke estate and is produced only in exceptional years. This wine is given the benefit of 20 months barrel maturation and 12 months in bottle prior to release.It's their tribute to Ron's life and his contribution to the Thorn-Clarke story.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • 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 transported to the winery. It is then de-stemmed into 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. 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 malolactic 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.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Inky, deep red-purple. A rich, dark fruit nose with lifted liquorice and lashings of chocolatey oak. The palate is dense and powerful with mouth filling presence.. Intense dark fruits and cocoa with hints of smoke and spice. The tannins are firm and powerful but integrate well with the ripe fruit and give the palate impressive presence.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • The Thorn-Clarke family are known as sixth generation wine region employees, establishing a winery to solidify their presence in the region. Wines are styled for premium consumption, with vineyards being paramount in the winemaking process. Grape growing is the primary activity, wine producing a by product of the years of experience with the vines. Thorn Clarke is a Barossa Valley based winery that sources fruit from premier vineyards in the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley. The individual vineyard sites are Mount Crawford and Milton Park (Eden) and Kabininge and St Kitts (Barossa). Whites are left to Eden Valley, reds to Barossa Valley. Modern winemaking techniques are applied in their updated and modern winery. Technology assists in the production of cleanly made, volume brands that convey their regionality but ultimately are style for easy, early consumption.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 97 POINTS

    BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW


    Flagship shiraz only produced in exceptional years. It's a big, dense red with classic chocolate/mocha, liquorice, vanilla and spicy oak flavours. An impressively layered wine, with real power demonstrated in its very lengthy finish. Good now but with masses of cellaring potential.'

    95 POINTS

    JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE


    Yes, the 100% new oak shows on this bad boy, but the fruit is so massively concentrated that I don't see it being a problem. The 2015 Ron Thorn Single Vineyard Shiraz is a full-bodied, plush wine, with loads of baking spices, vanilla, boysenberry and cola. Long and dusty on the finish, this should be a long-lived wine.'