The Single Vineyard Selection range focuses on single site, small batch wines, highlighting the true characteristics of each individual variety. Each block is hand selected by our winemaker and viticulturist each year, choosing the wines that best reflect the strengths of each individual vintage.
A light straw coloured Eden Valley Chardonnay showing lifted fruit along with complex winemaking characters. The nose displays white peach, grapefruit and smoky background oak. The palate is refined and textural with abundant stone fruit and pear flavours. Aged in French oak barrels that compliment the fruit and add complexity, the palate finishes with mouth filling fruit and flinty minerality.
Sourced from our most southern vineyard in Mt Crawford, this Chardonnay was harvested during the cool of night. The grapes were then destemmed and pressed immediately. Only free run juice was used to create this wine. Fermentation of this wine was carried out in stainless steel tanks and a small portion of French oak barrels (new & old). The oak portion was fermented using wild yeast to increase the complexity and the tank portion was inoculated with chardonnay specific yeast to allow the fruit to express itself. Once full primary fermentation and partial malolactic fermentation was completed, the two portions were blended and filled back into oak to mature for a period of 12 months on lees. The wine was then racked and bottled. This wine has had minimal fining and filtration.
a rich history
The 1870s were a very special decade for our family tree and its roots in the Barossa. One side settled on the fruit farm that would nurture some of the region’s oldest vineyards along with six generations of viticulturists. The other side, meanwhile, discovered a different treasure buried in the bounteous Barossa soil: the region’s first gold mine.
Now, call it luck. Call it mere coincidence, if you wish but 100 years later, the two sides came together in a union that created our family, our winery and, some might say, our destiny: to produce wines worthy of gold.
a leap of faith
In 1987, David and Cheryl Clarke bought their first property, Kabininge, near Tanunda. The family started to plant vines and it could all have ended right there. As the baby vines grew, David and Cheryl’s kids, Sam and Nicole, were conscripted to help water, prune and pick, all by hand. These were the hard yards.
This is when Cheryl took charge and called in her family, the Thorns. Her father, Ron, and her brothers soon had the vineyard in premium condition, and it started to bear fruit – very good fruit, in fact – a tribute to David’s site selection and the Thorns’ vineyard management.
For over 10 years, the vineyards developed a fine reputation and the fruit was sold to neighbouring winemakers, who turned it into award-winning wines. This was pleasing, but hardly fulfilling.
The leap of faith was taken with the 1998 vintage – small batches of Shiraz were made through to wine – and so began the Thorn-Clarke story.
93 Points – Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Had the misfortune to be tasted alongside some exceptional Margaret River, Yarra Valley and Geelong chardonnays. Maximum effort via 30% new French oak and 69% wild yeast.
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