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Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Shotfire Ridge 2002
Picked up a bottle of 2001 while on vacation years ago and loved it. After returning home, I had difficulty finding it, but eventually found a store that had the 2002 vintage, which was much on par with the 2001, so I bought a case. I wonder if the fact that this wine is linked to my memories of a nice vacation makes me like it more than otherwise. Regardless, I love it. It's a wonderful Shiraz with all the strong and spicy characteristics that I like in a this type of wine.Add winemaker's notes
Picked up a bottle of 2001 while on vacation years ago and loved it. After returning home, I had difficulty finding it, but eventually found a store that had the 2002 vintage, which was much on par with the 2001, so I bought a case. I wonder if the fact that this wine is linked to my memories of a nice vacation makes me like it more than otherwise. Regardless, I love it. It's a wonderful Shiraz with all the strong and spicy characteristics that I like in a this type of wine.
External Reviews for Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Shotfire Ridge
The 2001 Shiraz William Randall, the most expensive offering I tasted from Thorn-Clarke, did not score as high as the 2002 Shiraz Shotfire Ridge. Nevertheless, it is a serious effort displaying a deep purple color along with aromas of chocolate, mint, blackberries, and cassis. Revealing good delineation along with plenty of power, tannin, and depth, it should drink well for 10-15 years. That's an advantage over its Shotfire Ridge, Terra Barossa, and Milton Park siblings. Readers who missed the reviews in issue #147 should realize that Thorn-Clarke produces a bevy of extraordinary bargains.
A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2002 Thorn-Clarke Shiraz William Randell 750ml
Inky ruby. Deep, brooding, primary nose reluctantly yields scents of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, blackcurrant, chocolate, espresso, vanilla, cured tobacco and candied licorice. Deep and packed with ripe, concentrated fruit, with exotic oak spice notes and a subtle vanilla quality folding seamlessly into the wild array of suave dark berry flavors. Finishes with broad, chewy tannins and a late hit of cherry skin. It would be a shame to open this anytime soon, but if you must, at least give it a few hours in a decanter.
Displays rich, ripe fruit, dense dark plums and cassis wrapped in layers of coffee and vanilla.
The impressive, full-bodied, opaque ruby/purple-colored 2002 Shiraz William Randall offers a classic combination of blackberries, licorice, pepper, spice box, underbrush, camphor, and a touch of mint. With great structure, concentration, and definition, it requires 1andndash;2 years of cellaring, and should age for 10andndash;15 years.
The flagship red from the makers of the Milton Park, Terra Barossa and Shotfire Ridge labels. Sinfully rich and smooth, with luscious complexity andmdash; layers of fruit and spice, particularly black and white pepper, are just waiting to unfold in your mouth. Bold, and yet beautiful. A real winner!
Readers looking for an Australian imitation of a Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa should check out Thorn-Clarke's 2004 Shiraz William Randell. Huge, minty, black cherry, and blackberry aromas jump from the glass of this intense red. It bears an unreal resemblance to some of the pre-1985 vintages of Heitz Martha's Vineyard. Full-bodied, with moderate tannin, and an extremely long finish, it will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age, and should last for 15 plus.
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