Shiraz Barossa South Australia
From the warmer St Kitts, Milton Park and Kabininge vineyards, Sandpiper is made in the traditional way, by an award winning team with access to the Barossa's best Shiraz. Thorn-Clarke are highly specialised at maximising the quality of fruit off the healthiest vines, achieving wines with vibrant character. Ageing under fine oak has enhanced the palate and softened the tannins. The perfect accompaniement to stroganoff pie or slow roasted standing rib.
Named after the migratory bird from the northern hemisphere which visits the Thorn-Clarke vineyards annually. The growing conditions here favour the accumulation of intense colour and flavours in the Shiraz. Grapes are crushed and destemmed into fermenters. Yeast is immediately added and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22C to 25C range which will allow the final wine to display maximum fruit expression. Batches are pressed one week after the crush, Sandpiper is then racked into predominantly French oak barrels for a year's maturation. Alcohol 14.0%
Deep inky purple colour. The nose is a complex mixture of ripe blackberry and plum fruit with a dash of creamy vanillin oak. The palate is medium to full bodied, starts with sweet plummy fruit, the flavour builds on the palate to deliver an explosion of raspberry flavours. Lovely mouth coating tannins which combine with dark chocolate oak and fruit to provide a great depth and length of flavour.