2015 Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Eden Trail

Year: 2015
Appellation: Eden Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 91--James Halliday’s Wine Companion: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$16.95

ONE OF TWENTY "BEST SELLERS" FROM FAMED VIRGINIA IMPORTER FRAN KYSELA'S IMPORT BOOK!! OH BY THE WAY, DID I MENTION A "BEST BUY" HERE AT THE LAWC AS WELL?

"Thick and lush, with clove-scented red and black fruit flavors, showing accents of cedar, sandalwood and gingerbread on a seamless body. The tannins provide some velvety traction in the background, but the finish seems to go on forever, with waves of spice and green tea. Drink now through 2027. 1,000 cases made.–MW " (WS)

"From vineyard blocks around the winery, the 2015 Eden Trail Shiraz features hints of eucalyptus, cola and spice. It's a savorier style than most will expect, with medium body, supple tannins and a crisp finish.

Between visits to the winery and the American importer, I may have tasted half of this large winery's offerings. There are several tiers of wines being produced, including some brands from outside the Barossa (which will be included in a subsequent report). Overall, the wines are solid, with quality generally increasing alongside price." (WA)

"The nose shows ripe plums, licorice, damp earth, coffee, dried herbs and a woody note. The palate is full throttle, oozing more ripe primary fruit and less secondary characters than the nose suggests. The tannins are big and muscular and oak is fairly prominent for the moment, but this should cellar nicely. Drink 2020–2027." (WE)

"Dripping with boysenberries, blackberries and spiced plums. Full-bodied yet bright as anything with some grip to the drying tannins, slippery oak, savoury yet sweet fruited at the same time." (JH)

Winery Notes:
The wine is extremely spicy on the nose, with hints of violets and lashings of blue fruits. The palate of the wine offers the same experience as the nose. A strong linear acid backbone and fine tannin gives the wine an elegant structure. While the wine has been crafted to be enjoyed from release it will benefit from careful cellaring.

Vinification Notes:
Picked during the cool of night. An intentional minimalistic approach to winemaking to ensure the vineyard character sings. Fermented with a small percentage of stalks and whole berries, in small open fermenters and hand worked twice daily. Warm fermentation is followed by maturation in French oak barrels for 12-16 months (depending on parcel). Minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling.