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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2003
Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2003
(search item no. 84521)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Comments:
Deep red in colour. Good lifted nose of raisin fruit complemented by chocolate, caramel and vanilla oak. The palate is full bodied with ripe berry fruit, creme Brule and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich and viscous, with a lovely soft and approachable tannin structure. There is great length of blackberry fruit and mocha oak.

Winemaking:
Grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into open fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in the fermenter, ferments are then pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25°C range which will allow the wine to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the resulting wine is put into French and American oak.
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About Thorn-Clarke:

The Thorn-Clarke family already has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry. The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship between two long time Barossa families. The winery owners are David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) and their son Sam is manager of the winery. Cheryl's brother, David Thorn manages the Mount Crawford and Kabininge vineyards for Thorn-Clarke Wines. Her father Ron Thorn has one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in Australia and possibly the world on the Thorn family property 'Clifton' outside of Angaston. Earliest records show this old vineyard was in existence in 1854.

Husband and wife, David and Cheryl Clarke both have deep family roots in the Barossa. Cheryl Clarke's family, the Thorn's, have been grape growers in the Barossa since the 1870's.

David Clarke's family were pioneers in the Barossa as well but most famously in the mining of gold from the Barossa Goldfields. One of his ancestors was James Goddard who was the responsible for opening the Lady Alice gold mine in the Barossa goldfields and which was the largest gold mine in South Australia at the time. It has been David's love of the wine industry that saw the planting of the Kabininge vineyard outside of Tanunda in 1987. The planting of the Kabininge vineyard represented the start of a deeper involvement by the family in the Barossa wine industry.