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Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon

Cracka Value Rating
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Cracka Review

The Sandpiper wines from Thorn-Clarke are always great value, and generally punch above their price point, just like this 2012 version. Aromas of cassis, black olive, toasted cedar and a touch of gum leaf decorate the nose, whilst the palate is medium to fuller-bodied with dark, sweet fruit flavours, a touch of grip to the fine tannins, and a juicy finish. Give it a bit of air and serve with a rich lasagne tonight, or stick it in the cellar for another 12-months.

Winemaker's Notes

On release the wine has a lifted blackcurrant and tomato leaf aroma; hints of cedar and spice add to the complexity of the aroma. The wine has primarily dark berry fruit characters on the palate. French oak spice adds to the complexity of the wine. The palate has fine structured tannins which balance the fruit and oak weight well. The wine has a clean finish and lingering flavour.

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Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
88
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
88
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Sweet, leafy plum nose and soft, rich, sweet fruit palate; fresh and vibrant wine.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good colour, with blackcurrant flavours in abundance; the palate is rich and complex, with clean and clearly defined black fruit to conclude. One of the tare cabernets ex '08 with controlled alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
This is a robust, full-on red that has dense liquorice and cassis flavours and big tannins.
Quaff 2009 2008
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good weight and depth of dark berry fruit; a little black olive comes through on the very generous finish, with a bright core of red fruit and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
In an age where just about every Barossa red weighs in at 14.5 per cent alcohol or higher, it's excellent to see a range of fully ripe regional reds consistently at this lower content. Really solid stuff. It's a ball of blackberried, earthen, licorice-like flavour, and we doubt that you'll be anything other than satisfied. It's clean and juicy and round, its mid-palate full of well-ripened (but not overripened) dark-grape flavour.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Strong varietal aromas, with blackcurrant and cassis fruit; the palate is full-bodied, fleshy and quite firm on the finish. Likewise, value plus.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; supple and smooth; cassis, mulberry and blackcurrant fruit; fine, ripe tannins, good mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Attractive medium-bodied wine; nice cassis/redcurrant/blackcurrant fruit and a touch of chocolate; subtle oak; good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86

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