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Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Pinot Gris

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Pinot Gris can often disappoint but not this little gem with its elegant red apple and pear fruit. Fresh and light, this is more in the Grigio style, made for easy drinking but delivers handsomely for the price.

Winemaker's Notes

Winemakers note

The wine has bright li ed aromas of nashi pears and spice. Intense pear like palate, clean citrus acid backbone. Underlying spicy character adds to the wines charm. A clean and lingering finish.


Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good oral characters and the fruit retaining its natural acidity.


Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press). A er se ling the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of the fruit. Post fermentation the wine was stabilised, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.

Alc/Vol: 12.5%

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Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Pinot Gris

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WINESTATE (2012 Vintage) says
Winestate Special Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Interesting aromas reminiscent of apple pies. Very long, pleasant, ripe melon/pear flavours.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh and well made; pear and a touch of spice, with pleasant texture and surprising length on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Fragrant spice, pear and wild flower aromas; ripe, rich, big-impact style in the mouth.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Highly aromatic and intensely floral; spicy adjuncts to a long finish. Convincing varietal example.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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