Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Valley James Goddard 2006
Opaque violet in the glass, with aromas of luscious black fruits, leather & tar, mouth-filling black plum, blackberry, baking spice and scorched earth dancing with fine tannins over a long finish. It did right by our lamb shanks and our guests.
It seems pretty young for now although I like the complexity of the different fruit flavors.
Great nose of blackberry and plum with a touch of heat. Flavors of plum, black cherries, and scorched earth. Nice integration of tannins, fruit and acidity. Everything works in this wine. Outstanding - 91 points. Note: #57 in Wine Spectators Top 100 Wines of 2007.
I liked this wine, but it was somewhat ordinary. It was good, just nothing extraordinary. I has a nice nose, legs, and body. But, it is too light for the substance you expect to be there. Nice for a family dinner with pasta and homemade sauce.
Blackberry and oak. Fruitbomb fans will pounce on this. Great value and a wine to introduce new folks to for a red wine.
This wine does need aeration, but it opens up to unbelievably dense, smoky, leathery nose. Being sold in Chicago for $15.00, once of the best values going. Had this wine with lamb and tenderloin on two occasions, especially good with lamb. Deserves the accolades it has received.
External Reviews for Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Valley James Goddard
The Thorn-Clarke Winery is committed to producing high quality wines and paying close attention to detail. It definitely shows in this delicious red blend. The wine is crimson in color, with black currant and nutmeg on the nose. It evolves in the glass with nuances of blackberries and black cherries with a touch of spice. One could almost compare the wine to the classic style of a French Bordeaux. Serve with sundried tomato pesto, Genoa salami and asagio cheese.
My favorite is the blend of 54% Shiraz, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Petit Verdot, the full-bodied 2008 Terra Barossa Cuvee Terra Barossa. Its opaque ruby/purple color is followed by chocolate, blackberry, and blueberry fruit notes. Consumers will adore this inexpensive, delicious, full-flavored South Australian fruit bomb if they drink it over the next several years.
Mastering the art of the blend is a point of pride for the Aussies, and by all means of measurement Thorn-Clarke has definitely achieved their goal. The Terra Barossa Cuvée is consistently great - seamlessly combining Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot for a harmonious, complex red, coating the mouth with loads of currant, blackberry, black cherry and sweet vanilla.
Thorn-Clarke produces four tiers of wine; Shotfire is the second highest. Grapes for the 2006 came from two estate vineyards, one on the floor of the Barossa Valley, which was planted in 1997. Vineyard blocks intended for the Shotfire Shiraz are pruned to produce smaller crops (and more concentrated grapes) than sites that supply the less expensive Thorn-Clarke bottlings.
Aims for refinement and achieves a supple balance of ripe plum and currant fruit against a range of sweet spices and fine tannins. Lingers gently and expressively. Production was split between cork and screw-cap closures. Tasted from cork. Drink now through 2016.
Polished, focused and gorgeously balanced to display its raspberry, cherry and red plum notes in impressive harmony. The flavors linger against a touch of oak and refined tannins on the long finish. Drink now through 2015.