FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
91/100 | Halliday Wine Companion
91/100 | Melbourne International Wine Competition
Pontifex Wines is a Barossa Valley vineyard owned by Sam and Helen Clarke of Thorn-Clarke. Whilst still very much involved with Thorn-Clarke, Pontifex is a separate, small family concern that revolves around their own 17 acre vineyard where they live, between Tanunda and Nuriootpa. They produce just two wines - a shiraz and a grenache shiraz mourvedre.
This is rich and fulsome Barossa Shiraz with layers of spiy dark fruits with hints of wood spice and anise adding a further layer of complexity and charm. Very well made. Recommended.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit writes "Upfront dark fruit richness with dark chocolate, tapenade, hazelnut and rich floral lead to a concentrated palate that's splendidly ripe and flavoursome. Complex, beautifully layered and persistent with a velvety finish."