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View details Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz 2015
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Shiraz / Barossa / SouthAustralia
Thorn-Clarke are one of the Braossa's most salubrious grower families, by appointment to Australia's most recognized brands. Thely can be proud of six generations in Barossa viticulture, a timeless source of Shiraz for the nation's most memorable vintages. The best parcels are selected from the estate's St Kitts, Milton Park and Kabininge sites to form the backbone for Shotfire. The enduring Aussie style, a generous palate of ripe blackberry and plum flavours, seasoned by spice and vanillan oak, supported by a structure of fine, pliant tannins.
 
View details Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage 2013
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CabernetSauv CabernetFranc Malbec PetitVerdot / Barossa / SouthAustralia
At a time when the government was paying growers to pull vines in an attempt to curtail the oversupply of grapes, David Clarke was working against trend, testing soils and buying land, under car headlights to avoid local farmer suspicion, with the intention of establishing the finest Barossa vineyards. Thorn-Clarke Quartage is a complex yet seamless cepage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc provide wonderful upfront berry fruit characters, Malbec contributes suppleness, an eighth of Petit Verdot adds depth of flavour and intensity.
 
View details Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Pinot Gris
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PinotGris Grigio / Eden Valley / SouthAustralia
Thorn-Clark nurture some of the Eden Valley's best Pinot Gris vines. Barrel fermented, richer and fuller than most Pinot Gris, currently only produced in very small quantities, an extended period on lees has brought savouryness and round, mouth filling body.
 
View details Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Cuvee 2004
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CabernetSauv CabernetFranc Malbec PetitVerdot Merlot / Barossa / SouthAustralia
The five Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot, a multi award winner. Seamless yet deeply complex, fashioned from the pick of Barossa fruit, there is awesome length to Quartage, as its cornucoppia of berry fruit flavours unravel over a framework of fine grain tannins and spicy lingering oak. Internationally renowned, Shotfire has one key goal, to satisfy red wine enthusiasts by over delivering on quality.
 
View details Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Chardonnay 2007
$ 19.99 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Chardonnay 2007
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Chardonnay / Eden Valley / SouthAustralia
A delicately oaked Eden Valley Chardonnay, produced in small quantities by one of the Barossa'a great winemaking dynasties. Barrel aged, it sees an extended period on lees to give a more savoury flavour, achieving a round, voluptuous body.
 
View details Sandpiper Shiraz 2015
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Shiraz / Barossa / SouthAustralia
From the warmer St Kitts, Milton Park and Kabininge vineyards, Sandpiper is made in the traditional way, by an award winning team with access to the Barossa's best Shiraz. Thorn-Clarke are highly specialised at maximising the quality of fruit off the healthiest vines, achieving wines with vibrant character. Ageing under fine oak has enhanced the palate and softened the tannins. The perfect accompaniement to stroganoff pie or slow roasted standing rib.
 
View details Sandpiper Pinot Gris 2015
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PinotGris Grigio / Eden Barossa / SouthAustralia
Thorn-Clarke are one of Barossa's largest and most highly awarded wine growers. Their Mount Crawford Vineyard, high up in Valley Eden, holds five hectares of choice Grey Pinot vines. Fruit grown here translates into a generously proportioned wine with outstanding varietal character. The Sandpiper label is becoming ever more popular as people discover the fresh and balanced nature of pure Grigio wines. Served alongside crustacea and the freshest seafood, Sandpiper will satisfy all enthusiasts of contemporary styled gourmandise.
 
View details Sandpiper Pinot Chardonnay N.V
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PinotNoir Chardonnay / Barossa Eden / SouthAustralia
A handmade Methode Traditionelle sparkling from the Mt Crawford parcel, named after the migratory bird which visits the Thorn-Clarke vineyard. This site was specially selected as it is so ideal to grow the two grape varieties which respond to cold climate. 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay grapes were picked at night and barrel aged for six months on lees to infuse the great depth of Pinot flavour. The result of the Thorn-Clarke's careful site selection and superb winecraft is a deep, guava coloured, full and yeasty Soth Australian sparkler brimming with body and hints of stonefruit.
 
View details Sandpiper Merlot 2014
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Merlot / Barossa / SouthAustralia
The award winning Thorn Clark winemaking team are always excited to see the freshly picked harvests of Merlot brought to their wineworks. Barossa makes outstanding Merlot wines and Thorn Clark retain the finest vineyards. Sandpiper is named after the migratory bird which visits the Thorn-Clarke's property every year from the northern hemisphere. A succession of inspiring vintage releases have claimed impressive accolades on the national wine show circuit.
 
View details Sandpiper Chardonnay 2014
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Chardonnay / Eden Barossa / SouthAustralia
The Thorn-Clarke family can be proud of a long history, growing the Barossa's finest Chardonnay, the best batches are retained for their own labels. Sandpiper sits lightly oaked, retaining a refreshing fruit character as it undergoes extended yeast maturation. A delicious Chardonnay dominated by nuances of white peach and tropical fruits over a nutty, lengthy palate. Sandpiper makes a stylish aperitif and is exquisite alongside good food, a personable wine of classic Eden Valley charm, creamy with a touch of mineral before a crisp, cleansing finish.
 
View details Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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CabernetSauv / Barossa / SouthAustralia
Labelled for a remarkable migratory bird, which can be seen fossicking around the Thorn Clarke vineyards as it prepares to fly north, sometimes as far as Siberia, before the chill of winter shrouds the valley. Is the Barossa really that cold? Sandpiper represents a highly regional expression, showing the greener, slightly more vegetative qualities of temperate clime Cabernet Sauvignon. A long spell under a selection of tightly grained French oak barrels imparts liquorice characters over the essential Barossa dark chocolate and blackberry flavours.
 
The Thorn-Clarke family has a long history in the Barossa, six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry

The Barossa Valley was settled in the early 1840s by small farmers and artisans seeking religious freedom from their native Silesia. The warm, fertile valley was ideal for ripening winegrapes and Australia's largest wineries made their headquarters amongst the vineyards. In the cooler ranges above the Barossa, known as Eden Valley, English settlers created large pastoral runs for sheep and cattle, but also planted vineyards to ensure a supply of table wine.

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In the early 1990s Australia created a Geographic Indication for each wine region so that they were recognised under international law. The Barossa was proclaimed a wine zone and within it, the two regions of Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. Over two centuries the Barossa has become the headquarters of the Australian wine industry and the most famous Australian zone internationally. Thorn-Clarke take a long-term view of the future and their goal is unashamedly to be still growing grapes and making wine for another six generations. They recognise and value the role that their suppliers, distributors, retailers and customers play in this goal and seek to develop sustainable partnerships based on loyalty, trust and quality.

The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship between two long time Barossa families. The winery owners are David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) and their son Sam is manager of the winery. Cheryl's brother, David Thorn manages the Mount Crawford and Kabininge vineyards for Thorn-Clarke Wines. Her father Ron Thorn has one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in Australia and possibly the world on the Thorn family property 'Clifton' outside of Angaston. Earliest records show this old vineyard was in existence in 1854.

Husband and wife, David and Cheryl Clarke both have deep family roots in the Barossa. Cheryl Clarke's family, the Thorn's, have been grape growers in the Barossa since the 1870s. David Clarke's family were pioneers in the Barossa as well but most famously in the mining of gold from the Barossa Goldfields. One of his ancestors was James Goddard who was the responsible for opening the Lady Alice gold mine in the Barossa goldfields and which was the largest gold mine in South Australia at the time. It has been David's love of the wine industry that saw the planting of the Kabininge vineyard outside of Tanunda in 1987. The planting of the Kabininge vineyard represented the start of a deeper involvement by the family in the Barossa wine industry.

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The team at Thorn-Clarke share a quality objective, to be a premium wine producer for a very long time, producing quality high value wines. Right from the time when their first vineyards were established Thorn-Clarke have been extremely thorough in ensuring all elements were just right. All four of the Thorn-Clarke vineyards have been selected to ensure they can provide the ideal growing conditions for each variety. The release of wines is never rushed. Thorn-Clarke await for the optimal vine age to ensure top quality fruit. The attention to detail carries through from the grapegrowing to the winemaking side, ensuring that the wines over deliver in quality across a number of different price points.

Thorn-Clarke today are accumulating a terrific run of achievements on the back of some fantastic awards and accolades. It seemed to all start with the 2004 Shotfire Ridge Quartage being awarded the top wine of the Adelaide Wine Show and has progressed from there with trophys and gold medals at other wine shows, high scores from Parker and Wine Spectator in the USA and a resultant increase in interest in all the Thorn-Clarke wines from all over the world. Quality means showcasing the best that the Barossa has to offer and this has been achieved through a strategic vineyard development plan.

The Thorn-Clarke vineyard development plan was started more than twenty years ago and will continue into the future. The four Thorn-Clarke vineyards highlight the individual micro-climates of the Barossa with four quite different terroirs which are brought to the fore in single vineyard wines, or taken in parcels for cross-terroir blending to achieve complexity and interest.

St Kitts and Truro are cooler vineyards. With lower rainfall, these northern Barossa sites totalling 103 hectares, are at an elevation of between 380 and 410 metres. Mt Crawford is a late ripening vineyard, enjoying high rainfall. With elevations as high as 475 metres above sea level, this 37 hectare Eden Valley site can easily be confused with the Adelaide Hills, which is after all just across the range. Kabininge in stark contrast, is 33 hectares of true Barossa Valley floor terroir. At just 270 metres above sea level, red winegrape varietals ripen easily here. Milton Park is located in classic Eden Valley country, between Angaston and Keyneton, sitting at an elevation of between 330 and 400 metres above sea level.

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