Sam Clarke is the son of David and Cheryl Clarke, founders of Thorn-Clarke Wines, a leading Barossa Valley winery (see separate entry). Thus it was easy for the family to meet Sam and wife Helen's wish to buy a 6ha slice of shiraz planted in 1991. For good measure, Peter Kelly (Thorn-Clarke's winemaker) is the winemaker for the venture. After six years, Pontifex (as the new venture was named on its birth in 2011) planted a hectare of mourvedre on the rich Bay of Biscay soils of the Krondorf district. They also purchase old vine grenache. China is a major sales focus.
Sam and Helen Clarke, after many years working for their family winery Thorn-Clarke, decided to branch out and make small batch wines from their small Barossa Valley estate. Many hours have been spent in the vineyard as well as the winery helping to craft these wines. Grenache, Mourvedre and Shiraz have been the focus varieties. Sales to domestic, China, Hong Kong, Germany and Holland.
Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre