2007 Shotfire Quartage
The colour is deep red. The palate is full and complex, medium bodied. The wine is elegant and distinctive, displaying characters of berry fruit and plum, accompanied by cherry spice characters. Supported by spicy oak complexity the tannins are balanced and complement the mouthfilling flavour. The wine has great vibrancy and poise which are evident on the long seamless finish.
The grapes are crushed and destemmed 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 ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees celcius 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 a mix of French and American oak to mature.
18 months in tight grain French (85%) and American oak (15%).
Cabernet Sauvignon - 46%; Petit Verdot - 27%; Merlot - 15%; Malbec - 12%
2007 vintage was a mild growing season with very low crops resulting in wines with good colour and flavour that achieved optimum ripeness.
Gold at 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Silver at 2010 New Zealand International Wine Show
Silver at 2010 New Zealand Liquorland Top 100
Silver at 2009 Mundus Vini (Germany)
Bronze at 2010 Royal Qld Wine Show
Bronze at 2009 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Bob Campbell MW, Taste Magazine New Zealand, August 2010
'Best Value Reds Under $40NZ'
2009 / 2010 Big Red Wine Book; Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh
92 Points ; ‘Serious Wine. Muscular dense and interesting, black olives, nuts and chocolate. There’s a good slip of refreshing acidity and lots of drying tannins. The best bet is that patience will be rewarded with added complexity’
Wine Spectator, September 2009
90 Points; ‘Ripe focused & silky, with a mild bite of tannin to support the cedary black cherry and spice flavours, lingering effectively on the expressive finish’
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