Not quite a bolt from the blue, but these Thorn Clarke Single Vineyard wines are very good. This Thorn Clarke Single Vineyard Selection Mataro 2018 is one of the highlights.
From the Hoffman DV Vineyard, it’s all deep plum fruit, the oak adding sweetness to what is an otherwise intense, slightly foreboding, dark-fruited wine. It’s a little warm and the oak steps in too much, but I like the composition of the back end, the silky textures, the unwavering fruit intensity. Power, power and more power.
Real Barossa concentration writ large. Best drinking: now and up to fifteen years. 18/20, 93/100. 14.5%, $38. Thorn Clarke website. Would I buy it? Worth a few glasses.