expert reviews about
2015 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Valley Shiraz
Gary Walsh (2015 Vintage) says
Opens a bit reductive, but comes up in the glass pretty quickly. Blackberry, plum, liquorice, a touch of eucalyptus and cedar. Full bodied, fleshy and ripe, with grippy tannin, firm acidity, and raspberry bobbing up on firm and toasty finish. Has the structure to age and improve over the medium-term too.2018 - 2025
Bob Campbell MW (2015 Vintage) says
Big, ripe Shiraz with plum, dark berry, chocolate, mocha and vanilla flavours. Quite a fresh, vibrant wine that's not at all cloying. Approachable now - but no rush. Good value at this price.2017 - 2022
Jeremy Oliver (2015 Vintage) says
Dark, meaty and mineral, smooth and luscious with layers of pristine fruit.2023 - 2027
Raymond Chan (2015 Vintage) says
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full and voluminous with rich, ripe, up-front, near opulent aromas of blackberries melded with liquorice and subtle layers of savoury eucalyptus and cedar, and oak vanilla notes. The aromatics are harmonious and integrated. Full-bodied, the palate features rich and plush fruit flavours of ripe blackberries and liquorice entwined with dark plums, cedar and oak vanilla. The fruit is vibrant and lively, and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction, providing mouth-filling body, depth and grip. Lacy, background acidity lends energy and the wine carries with underlying power to a long and sustained finish of liquorice and cedar. This is a rich and lusciously sweet, ripe Shiraz with blackberry and plum fruit melded with cedary oak on a well-structured palate with a vibrant mouthfeel. Match with roast lamb and slow-cooked game meats over the next 6-8 years.
Tony Keys (2015 Vintage) says
Slight dusty (good) nose one could say, aged character but its only 2015 vintage. Fruit comes through on the palate and it’s a gorgeous mulberry/blackberry tart fruit style never heavy but no weakling, well balanced, good food wine.
Kim Brebach (2015 Vintage) says
A different kind of Shiraz, in fact I’d have picked it as their Bordeaux blend because of the strong aromas of cassis and blackberries. The fruit is ripe, plush and intense in the Shotfire style, almost too much of a good thing but held in check by a tight finish. Tour de force.