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2015 Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This is a ripping value red from Thorn-Clarke, and at 14.5% it's a more full-blooded number. Aromas of fleshy dark plums and sweet blackberries fill the nasal passages, along with whiffs of mint and mocha. The palates is fulsome, soft and fruity, with gentle tannins, friendly acidity, and a sweetly-fruited choc-like finish. It's a great quaff perfect for those impromptu occasions.

Winemaker's Notes

Comments: Ruby red colour. The nose displays plum and red fruit characters, with a hint of vanilla and nougat oak. The palate shows ripe red-to-dark fruits with creamy vanilla oak in the background. The wine exhibits fruit-sweetness with a savoury edge to it, with round, soft tannins and good length to finish.

Vinification notes: The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees celsius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into a mix of French and American oak to mature (12 months in tight grain French and American oak).

Vintage notes: 2015 Vintage was characterised by a dry period extending from July to April, together with warmer than usual temperatures during spring until mid January which advanced maturity on lower yielding vines. Mild temperatures from mid January slowed maturities concentrating flavour and intensifying colour development.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2015 Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Merlot

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
A well-made, very flavoursome, fruit-driven style of varietal with a pleasant berry and herbal fruit length, and finishing with a chalky, tannic note.
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Big, bold merlot - still very young and needing a little more cellaring. Has an intensity of blackberry fruit and nice long, firm tannins.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good hue and depth; a rich, rollicking, juicy red wine which has immediate appeal, and just enough savoury tannins to express varietal flavour.Value
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
Densely flavoured with deep, dark berry flavours, some chocolate and a fair whack of vanilla-bean oak. It's fleshy, moving towards velvety, and is very appealing.
Quaff 2009 2008
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Pungent, spicy, chocolaty bouquet. Big, fleshy palate with good concentration of sweet blackcurrant and chocolate flavours, balancing acid and tannins.
Winestate 20082009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
If merlot's all about soft, sweet-centred, gluggable wine, then Thorn-Clarke seems to have it sussed. This is precisely the wine it set out to be. It won't last long in the cellar, and it's not tremendously impressive, but when you pour a glass and start drinking it, you'll be surprised at how quickly you're reaching to pour another. It's like a successful feel-good movie: it doesn't change your life but, gee, you feel good afterwards. Blueberries, cherries, raspberries - soft and sweetly ripened. Bang-on.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Good hue; excellent medium-bodied texture and structure; ripe red fruits with touches of spice and olive; controlled oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93

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