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Thorn-Clarke ‘Ron Thorn’ Barossa Shiraz 2015


29-May-2018
Thorn-Clarke is a Barossan wine label steeped in six generations of history. The company was formed by the union of David Clarke and Cheryl Thorn in modern times, but their family histories in the Barossa region make them truly well-established. The company’s first wines came in the 2001 vintage, but their pedigree encompasses their ownership of around 270 ha of vineyard in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. The company makes a broad portfolio of wines, predominantly in the modern, elegant and fruit-driven style, which has proven successful for the market nowadays, and also on the show circuit. These are the ‘Sandpiper’ wines. However, as one moves up the hierarchy, more traditional styles show, these being a tribute to the great wines of the region. The ‘William Randell’ wines are seen as the top, but a limited release wine, ‘Ron Thorn’ heads them all. It is a tribute to Cheryl’s father, and only made from the best fruit from exceptional vintages. Here, I review the new 2015 Thorn-Clarke ‘Ron Thorn’ Barossa Shiraz. www.thornclarkewines.com

Thorn-Clarke ‘Ron Thorn’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Barossa Shiraz 2015
Full, dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued garnet-red colour. The nose is very full and voluminous, and packed with ripe, rich fruit aromas of black plums and blackberries harmoniously melded with a layering of spicy new oak with vanilla, cedar and pencilly notes. Nuances of liquorice, spices and black pepper unfold to enrich the aromatics. The aromatics grow with a degree of finesse to exhibit sensationalism. Full-bodied, the palate has rich, intense, succulently sweet and vibrant flavours of ripe dark-red and black plums with blackberries, harmoniously melded with black pepper, liquorice and spices. The fruit intensity is remarkable and the flavours are layered with bold, exotic new oak with vanilla and cedar elements. This has great intensity, richness, depth, detail and dimension, the palate discretely forming a deep and densely concentrated heart with seamless power and drive. The considerable extraction is enveloped by the fruit richness, and the flavours carry with great linearity to a long and sustained finish of plums, spices, game and oak. This is a wonderfully rich and immensely concentrated and powerful, fully ripened Shiraz with flavours of plums, blackberries, spices, liquorice and a layering of exotic new oak, with deep structure. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 10-15+ years. A selection of the best parcels of Shiraz fruit from ‘Block 7’ of the ‘St Kitts’ vineyard fermented to 14.5% alc., and aged 20 months in 100% new American oak. 19.5/20 May 2018 RRP AUS$95.00
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