Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa South Australia
Labelled for a remarkable migratory bird, which can be seen fossicking around the Thorn Clarke vineyards as it prepares to fly north, sometimes as far as Siberia, before the chill of winter shrouds the valley. Is the Barossa really that cold? Sandpiper represents a highly regional expression, showing the greener, slightly more vegetative qualities of temperate clime Cabernet Sauvignon. A long spell under a selection of tightly grained French oak barrels imparts liquorice characters over the essential Barossa dark chocolate and blackberry flavours.
Thorn-Clarke are one of the Barossa's baronial winegrowing estates and have been supplying fruit to Australia's most cherished labels for generations. Cabernet grapes from splendid vineyards 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 employed to ensure temperatures remain between 22C and 25C, allowing time for the tannins and fruit to develop fully. Batches are pressed upon completion, a week after the crush, followed by transfer to a combination of new and prior use, predominantly French oak barrels for a year's maturation.
Medium to deep red colour. Great lift and intensity to the nose, a complex mix of cherry ripe and blackberries, liquorice, currant and wild rose. A solidly structured medium weight palate offering rich ripe fruit, blackcurrant and strawberry yogurt/oak characters, nicely balanced by notes of coffee, nutmeg and dried herbs. Sandpiper finishes on a length of fine silky tannins and lingering sweet black fruit flavours.