I didn’t expect to like the Thorn-Clarke single vineyard wines so much. But they work. Old school weight, delivered with polish and a deft hand.
From the Canyon Block at Thorn-Clarke’s St Kitts vineyard, this Thorn-Clarke Single Vineyard Selection Barossa Shiraz 2018 is all about the mid-palate, which has roundness and plushness that everyone thinks about with Barossa reds, (and makers like St Hallett have built a reputation on) without excesses of oak or ripeness. It’s just a little tart to finish, but the silky red-fruited palate is just so. Clever and fairly priced too.
Perhaps the only thing I’m not convinced about is the labels – just a bit simple for wine of this calibre? What do you think?
Best drinking: to ten years and likely more. 18/20, 93/100. 14.5%, $38. Thorn-Clarke website. Would I buy it? Worth several glasses at this very fair price, even for someone like me who drinks very little ripe Barossa Shiraz.