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2016 Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Barossa Valley Shiraz

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Cracka Review

Barossa-licious! This is a very generous and simple Shiraz in a very huggable sort of mould. Purple fruit, rich oak and so much joyful sweet generosity. Easy love.

Winemaker's Notes

Comments: Deep purple red. Aromas of ripe plums, cherries and earth with subtle notes of vanilla and cloves. The aromas follow through onto the palate with a fruit focus, subtle oak notes and soft, rounded tannins. The wine walks the line between medium and full bodied with a plush mouthfeel.

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 ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25°C 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 French oak for maturation for up to 12 months.

Vintage Notes: A warm dry spring led to into similarly dry conditions in December and January. The warm weather brought harvest on in the first week of February. A couple of good rain events led to milder conditions and a long even ripening period and excellent flavour development. The wine from 2016 show typical Barossa warmth and generosity and should age well.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2016 Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Barossa Valley Shiraz

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Gary Walsh (2016 Vintage) says
Dark cherry and red berries, sage and toast, vanilla perfume. Medium to full bodied, plum and well-rounded, with powdery soft tannin, balanced acidity, some savoury tarry flavour, but pretty much fresh and friendly. Finish is solid too. Nicely done. Good drink here.
2017 - 2020+
90
Bob Campbell MW (2016 Vintage) says
Deeply tinted red with dark berry, blackberry, wood-smoke, liquorice and vanilla flavours. Soft-textured wine in an appealing and accessible style. Offers good value at this price.
2017 - 2022
90

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