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Thorn-Clarke

The name Thorn-Clarke represents the union between two families with deep roots in the Barossa Valley and six generations of grape growing. Cheryl Clarke’s (née Thorn) family were some of the earliest settlers in the region and have been growing grapes since the 1870s. The Thorn family property ‘Clifton’ is home to one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in Australia, and perhaps the world, with earliest records for plantings dating back to 1854. It is still owned and operated by Cheryl’s brother.

David Clarke’s family was also a pioneer in the Barossa Valley but more famously for mining gold. An ancestor, James Goddard, was responsible for opening the Lady Alice gold mine in the Barossa goldfields, the largest gold mine in South Australia at the time. A geologist by training and wine lover at heart, David set about testing soils to identify prime plots of land to acquire and plant vines. David and Cheryl’s first vineyard in 1987 was Kabininge, outside Tanunda (the name means “watering hole” in aborigine). They later acquired more land in Barossa and in The Eden Valley. This took a lot of Australian pluck at that time. During the late 1980s the South Australian government was sponsoring growers to remove vines, not plant them, to manage oversupply.

Following success as grape growers supplying other Barossa wineries with fruit, David and Cheryl founded Thorn-Clarke winery in 2001 with daughter, Nicole, and son, Sam. Thorn-Clarke has a total of 675 acres of grapes over 5 vineyards. In Barossa Valley, there are 3 vineyards: Kabininge, St. Kitts and Truro. In the Eden Valley, there are 2 vineyards: Mount Crawford and Milton Park.

Winemaker Peter Kelly, strongly believes that to make wines with complexity and elegance, the first step is getting the vineyards right. Theirs is a long-term approach to serve as a custodian for the Barossa’s reputation and their families’ commitment to making great wines. The vineyard team focuses first on nurturing quality grapes from prime land without cutting corners. Once grapes are harvested and into the winery it’s about balance. The Thorn-Clarke family has a strong belief in the age-old saying "you can't make good wine from bad grapes."

In 2018, Thorn-Clarke achieved level blue certification with Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.
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2019Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz 2019  Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz  750ml

Producer: Thorn-Clarke
Varietal: Syrah or Shiraz | Country: Australia | Region: South Australia | Sub-Region: Barossa Valley | Type: Red

Regular Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $21.99


2018Thorn-Clarke Single Vineyard Selection Mataro 2018  Thorn-Clarke Single Vineyard Selection Mataro  750ml

Producer: Thorn-Clarke
Varietal: Mourvedre (Monastrell) | Country: Australia | Region: South Australia | Sub-Region: Barossa Valley | Type: Red

Price: $27.99