Thorn Clarke Shotfire Shiraz 2012
Wine SpectatorGritty tannins surround the dark berry and dried cherry flavors in this spicy style that finishes with solemn intensity. Approachable now but needs time to develop. Drink now through 2020. 20,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThis is one of my go-to wineries for top values from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The Thorn family has been growing grapes since the 1870s, and the quality of these wines is impressive. Moreover, the prices are almost ridiculously low, making these wines frequent entries in The Wine Advocate. All of the following wines are produced from 100% Barossa Valley fruit from what they call the Kabininge Vineyard. I was less impressed with the 2012 Shotfire Shiraz, which seemed monolithic, straightforward and simple, although competent and above average in quality. It displays blackberry, baking spice and smoked meat characteristics, but neither the complexity nor density of the other Thorn-Clarke offerings.