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Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Riesling

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People don’t always remember that the Eden Valley is actually part of the Barossa, and the Eden Valley is ground central for great Riesling. But we do, and the Cracka crew reckon this is one of the best value Rieslings on the market. It’s very attractive with a core of lime, honeysuckle and floral notes. The palate is zingy and zesty with lime. A lovely mouthfeel that is balanced with bracingly fresh natural acids makes this a great bottle to take to you your local Thai restaurant.

Winemaker's Notes

Winemaker's Comments

The Sandpiper range is named after the migratory bird which visits the Thorn-Clarke vineyards annually from the northern hemisphere - something of a reminder of the tenacity and commitment which is required for long term viticulture.


Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press) within an hour of harvest. Care was taken not to lose the delicate Riesling aromas and flavour pre-cursors in the juice. After settling, the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of Riesling. Post fermentation the wine was stabilised, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.


The colour is pale straw with a green hue on release.


The aroma is fresh lifted lemon. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the backbone of the wine.


The palate has rich citrus flavours, balanced by natural acidity and intense flavour. The wine has a refreshingly clean finish with long acid persistence.

Vintage Notes

The 2015 Vintage was characterized by a dry period extending from July to April together with warmer than usual temperatures during Spring until mid January. Mild temperatures from mid January resulted in a slow ripening process, leading to the development of good floral characters and the fruit retaining its natural acidity.

Alc/Vol: 12.0%

expert reviews about

Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Riesling

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
This is quintessential 2012 Eden Valley riesling, capturing the flattering personality of a grand season in a value-for-money package. A bouquet of lime blossom perfume and kaffir lime spice is reminiscent of many of the more expensive rieslings of the vintage. The palate follows a similar form, with crunchy granny smith apple and tense lime zest fruit of impressive concentration and purity. Taut acidity lingers long on the finish, amidst subtle mineral texture.
2012-2014 or 2017-2022
Wine Taste Special Edition 87
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
Plenty of crisp apple and pear fruit here, with a decent depth and presence some lime juice and grassy elements, fresh herbs on offer too. The palate has a straightforward, gently honeyed style to it; drink young is my bet.
Good Wine Guide
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Impactful and profoundly textured, with a floral, slightly confectionary and chalky bouquet of lime juice and lemon pith that precedes a juicy, marginally sweet palate whose generous depath and length of flavour overlies a chalky, briny backbone. It finishes austere, with pleasing balance and freshness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; an elegant and crisp riesling, with floral counterpoints of apple, herb and lime/lemon on the bouquet, and citrus, minerally acidity on the palate. Will undoubtedly develop well in bottle.

To 2019
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
The best wine under this label I have tasted should flesh out and age with grace. Already developing some smokiness and toastiness, its delicate scent of white flowers, peach, apple and lemon rind precedes a long, even and brightly flavoured palate. With a fine underlying chalkiness and a pleasing length of fresh, if uncomplicated lime, lemon and apple flavour, it finishes with fine balance and tangy, citrusy acids.
The Australian Wine Annual
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
An aromatic lime-infused bouquet, then a totally delicious palate, with bright lime juice flavours and a crisp finish built around well-balanced acidity
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Clean lime and apple blossom aromas; very well-delineated lime juice flavours; considerable length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A strong mineral overtone defines this wine; good weight and texture, but the line breaks at the end.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Generous, sweet citrus in regional style; voluminous flavour, though lacks focus.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; regional lime and apple aromas and flavours; slight break in line.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Mineral, apple, apple blossom aromas and flavours; good length and balance; very good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Rich, full, citrus aromas and flavours; round, smooth; attractive early drinking.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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