2004 Shotfire Cuvée
The colour is a deep inky purple. There is an intense lifted perfume nose of great complexity. The predominant aromas are of berry and liquorice fruit support by spicy French oak. The palate is full bodied and complex due to the five varieties used in the blend. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc provide wonderful upfront berry fruits, the Malbec and Petit Verdot provide great depth of flavour and intensity, while the Merlot gives the palate a wonderful suppleness. The grainy tannins add to the rich mouthfeel of the wine. There is awesome length to this wine with the berry fruit and spicy oak lingering.
The grapes are crushed and destemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in the fermenter, ferments are then pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25°C range which will allow the wine to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is put into a mix of French and American oak.
12 months in tight grain French (85%) and American oak (15%)
The 2004 vintage varied from warm to quite hot resulting in a good size crop with outstanding quality fruit. The grapes were ripe, but quite small thereby producing wines of intense colours and flavours.
April and May 2004
Drinking well now but will respond to 3-5 years cellaring.
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