Thorn-Clarke Shotfire GSM
- GSM Blend
- France, 750ml
"Perfumed and instantly appealing, the bouquet shows Black Doris plum, blueberry compote, violet, thyme and dark cocoa characters, leading to a richly textured palate that's wonderfully ripe and flavoursome. It's fabulously charming and satisfying with loads of tasty flavours." Sam Kim
- Winery: Thorn-Clarke
- Varietal Grenache 51%, Shiraz 39%, Mourvedre 10%
- Region: Barossa, Australia
- Vintage: 2020
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Food pairing: Grilled beef, lamb, pork & chicken; burgers; pasta with tomato-based sauces; garlic & mushrooms; mild-medium cheeses
When the Clarke forbears discovered gold in 1870 at the Lady Alice mine in the Barossa goldfields, so began a family dynasty intrigued by geology. A fine legacy that is reflected today in the terroir of our vineyards. The Shotfire range immortilises the Shotfirer’s hazardous job of setting and lighting the charges.
A fabulously charming Grenache blend that will not disappoint and is great for any occasion. Easy drinking. Get delivered direct to your door or treat someone special. Buy right here.
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.
As a 6th generation grape grower, the Thorn-Clarke family are custodians of 240 hectares of vineyard that includes holdings in some of the most southerly and northerly sites in the Barossa region. The incredible diversity of soils across the Barossa and Eden Valley bring out unique characteristics in the wine and it's up to us to match the right grape variety with the right conditions. This is where the love and care that goes into our wine begins!"
- 5 Stars & 94/100 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
- 89/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
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