Following harvest the fruit was crushed into a variety of small fermenters (4 to 6T in capacity). Fermentation was carried out at a warm temperature (25-28°). The ferments were manually pumped over to provide good control of tannin extraction. Each fermenter was treated as a separate parcel of wine and once dry was filled to French oak (40% new). Following malolactic fermentation the wines were racked and returned to the same oak. Parcels remained in barrel for an average of 18 months prior to blending. Only the best barrels from the multiple parcels were used to make the final blend. Once blended the wine was prepared for bottling. Helen McCarthy
Dense black red in colour. Lifted blackcurrants and violets with perfumed briary fruit on the nose. The palate shows ripe varietal characters with plush elegant fruit and savoury French oak. The palate is long and refined with complexity and balance.
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.
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour with some purple on the rim. The nose is initially a little restrained but shows plenty of presence and depth with well-packed and concentrated aromas of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries with hints of plums entwined with cassis liqueur, with nuances of dark herbs and mint. The aromatics are harmoniously integrated and grow in depth with aeration. Full-bodied, the palate has a rich and softly sweet, rounded core of fully-ripened blackcurrant and blackberry fruit with notes of plums, cassis liqueur and dark herbs. The oaking is sensitive and is integral. The flavours are integrated and balanced, and the fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin extraction lending a refined structure. The acidity is soft, but there is power and energy driving the wine, which flows seamlessly to a smooth, sustained finish. This is a sweetly rich and harmoniously balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe black fruits, cassis and herbs on a fine-grained, smooth flowing palate.' 19/20 Points