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A fruit focused wine with subtle oak & soft rounded tannins

Walking a line between medium and full bodied with a plush mouthfeel

Match with barbecued and roasted red meats

Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Barossa Shiraz 2017 (Australia)

Member rating / 33
Erp $21.99 $19.12
Awarded Gold Medal Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 94/100 Points
Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Barossa Shiraz 2017 (Australia)

Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Barossa Shiraz 2017 (Australia)

Member rating / 33
Produced in a 'fruit forward' style with 12 months in American oak
Erp $21.99 $19.12


Awarded Gold Medal 

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2019

Awarded 5 Stars

The Wine James Halliday 2019

Awarded 94/100 Points

The Wine James Halliday 2019


  • Ripe plum & cherries
  • Subtle vanilla
  • Soft oak
  • Silky tannins

A deep purple red colour in the glass, with aromas of ripe plums, cherries and earth with subtle notes of vanilla and cloves. The aromas follow through onto the palate with a fruit focus, subtle oak notes and soft, rounded tannins. The wine walks the line between medium and full bodied with a plush mouthfeel. The colours are vibrant and tannins are silky with a fine savoury finish.

The Sandpiper range is named after the migratory bird which visits the Thorn Clarke vineyards annually from the Northern Hemisphere - something of a reminder of the tenacity and commitment which is required for long term viticulture.

An above-average wet spring and cooler than average summer temperatures led to a later start to picking than normal. This combined with a long and mild ripening period meant that the fruit was developed to a beautiful level of maturity on the vine. This has led to outstanding flavours and perfumed, expressive wines.

The grapes were crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degrees Celsius range, which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing, after which the wine was put into French oak for maturation for up to 12 months.


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User comments (15)

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Delicious with pizza. Full bodied but not too heavy. Would definitely buy again.

Margaret - 20/04/2020

Such a smooth full bodied red. One of my favs

Aata - 12/04/2020

Partner loves this, excellent value for money

Sandra - 05/04/2020

Best value for money Shiraz on the market

Pip - 23/02/2020

Lovely depth and flavour

Lindsay - 22/05/2019

Love this beautiful Shiraz

Ute - 10/09/2018

Much appreciate support

Vonnie - 13/05/2020

It's a great drop

Colin - 17/01/2020

Smooth easy drinking go to. Never going to offend. Great bang for buck.

Kay - 12/11/2019

A consistently nice rich Barossa Shiraz.

Roger - 21/10/2019

Super Shiraz, and great value

Janette - 09/06/2019

Very pleasant drop for everyday occasion

Colleen - 26/05/2019

A most enjoyable Shiraz, lovely for summer time drinking as not too heavy.

John - 20/05/2019

Good value.

Clayton - 19/05/2019

This is a pleasant shiraz . I would rate it as 3.5 stars. Good for everyday drinking.

Iain - 08/05/2020


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