The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship of two long time Barossa families. Founders David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) work with their son Sam and daughter Nicole in this family orientated business. The Thorn-Clarke family has a long history in the Barossa – six generations of involvement in the regions world famous wine industry.
The Clarke family is one of the Barossa Valley’s largest family grape growers and winemakers with 260 hectares of vineyard spread across four sites in the Barossa and Eden Valley. Having grown grapes and sold fruit to other wineries for a number of years the Thorn-Clarke name is relatively young as a winemaker with the release of the first wines in 2001 under the Thorn-Clarke label.
Although only making wines for approximately 15 years the winery has received a five star rating from Australian Wine critic James Halliday in his 2017 annual ‘Wine Companion’ (awarded to wineries regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity). U.S wine writer Robert Parker has described Thorn-Clarke as producing some of the best value reds in Australia.
The record on both the domestic and international wine show circuit over this period is enviable and includes numerous trophies and gold medals, with a highlight being the 2015 International Wine Challenge Trophy for Best Shiraz / Syrah of Show.
The Clarke family take great pride in producing the best fruit possible from their diverse plantings of Eden Valley and Barossa Valley Estate owned vineyards. Once harvested the winemaking team use the differences in vineyard expression to their advantage. The winemakers spend enormous amounts of time tasting the wines and perfecting blends. The yeast and oak philosophy is simple, they should add to the complexity and balance of the wine, they shouldn’t dominate it. In both cases the selection of yeast strain or oak type depends on the characters and structure naturally found in the fruit.
With a long history in the region, world class vineyard and award winning wines the Clarke family intends nurturing and growing the winery for the next six generations to enjoy.
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266 Gawler Park Road, Angaston
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