In James Halliday’s 2007 edition of the Australian Wine Companion he writes “Thorn-Clarke is one of the Barossa’s largest wine grape growers,with 270 ha across 4 vineyard sites. Most of the grape production is sold, but the best is retained for the Thorn-Clarke label.”
In the same edition Halliday rates this wine at 94, quite amazing when you consider that if you shop astutely, you can pick it up for around $20 a bottle.
The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, and it really gives an expression of complexity and interest that keeps you coming back for another sniff and another sip; you have to like wines like that.
The colour is deep inky purple red while the nose shows dark berry fruit, pepper spice, a touch of liquorice and some dusty oak.
The palate is youthful and vigorous, rich with the lovely mix of berry fruits from the 5 varieties, some lively tannins and sweet oak.
This is a wine that would repay cellaring for up to 10 years, but no harm in trying one every 6 months or so. There is also a Shotfire Ridge Barossa Valley Shiraz that is very highly rated and around the same reasonable price.