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2005 Thorn Clarke Australian (Red Blend) "Terra Barossa Cuveé"

Winery: Thorn Clarke

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Terra Barossa Cuveé"

Wine Category: Australian (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 47% Shiraz, 29% Petit Verdot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon & 8% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Barossa Valley

State or country: Australia

Price: $13

Cases produced: 5,000

KWG Score: 90.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: August 18, 2007

Wine Review: I recently attended a "Syrah/Shiraz" wine tasting @ the Boston Wine School. This value wine from Thorn Charke was one of the stars of the evening. This dark purple wine has a slightly hot blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is smooth, silky, and well balanced. It has delightful black current flavors with hints of menthol and pepper. The finish is dry, elegant, and nicely extended. This wine will match well with barbeque ribs and will be quite the crowd pleaser at the picnic. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The colour is a deep inky purple. The nose is a complex mixture of lifted berry fruit, pencil shavings/chocolate oak and ripe plums. There is a floral lift from the Petit Verdot component. The palate is medium to full bodied. Due to the complexity of the blend, the palate starts with sweet plums and spice and then become blackcurrants and liquorice with dark chocolate interwoven throughout the mouth. Soft and sweet tannins then follow on with some great sweet fruit.

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