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Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Merlot 2017

$18.13
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Barossa Valley,SA
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Wine and Winery Information

SANDPIPER MERLOT 2017

THE BRAND
The Sandpiper range is named after the migratory bird which visits the ThornClarke vineyards annually from the northern hemisphere - something of a reminder of the tenacity and commitment which is required for long term viticulture.

WINEMAKERS NOTE
Deep red with purple hues. The nose shows aromas of lifted red plums and five spice with dark cherry notes. The palate is mid weight and juicy with plush, soft tannins. It shows a lively red fruit profile with savoury tones adding restraint and elegance to the finish.

VINTAGE
An above average wet spring and cooler than average summer temperatures led to a later start to picking than normal. This combined with a long and mild ripening period meant that our fruit developed to a beautiful level of maturity on the vine. This has led to outstanding flavours and perfumed, expressive wines. The colours are vibrant and tannins are silky with a fine savoury finish.

WINEMAKING
The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degree Celsius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into French oak for maturation for up to 12 months.

ALCOHOL: 14.5% 
WINEMAKER: PETER KELLY
VINEYARDS: ST KITTS, MILTON PARK, KABININGE

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