2008 Shotfire Quartage
Deep red. The nose has some complex developed notes with roasted meats, aniseed and red capsicum. The palate is rich, full bodied and enticing with plums, roasted capsicum and vegemite notes. The maturation in French oak has led to some subtle spice lift and a lovely roundness and richness on the palate. There are some fleshy tannins which will make this wine an ideal match to rich dishes, especially red meats or game. The flavours linger in the mouth.
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 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 a mix of French and American oak to mature.
18 months in tight grain French (85%) and American oak (15%).
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot
The 2008 vintage saw ideal, warm and dry growing conditions. These weather conditions resulted in fruit ripening to ideal levels and without disease pressure. The red wines from the 2008 vintage all display luscious fruit and soft approachable tannins, making them great for drinking now or mid term cellaring propositions.
Gold at 2013 Korean Wine Challenge
Gold at 2010 Royal Perth Wine Show
Silver at 2010 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Bronze at 2009 National Wine Show
Bronze at 2009 Royal Sydney Wine Show
James Halliday Wine Companion 2012
2012 Toronto Star, Canada
91 Points. An exotic mix of cabernets, malbec, petit verdot, merlot and shiraz. The resultis inky, with rich cassis, cherry and vanilla aromas and flavours of cola, violets, earth, black currants in a velvet texture.
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition
Winestate Annual 2012
Big, beautiful, oak-driven style with a jammy/spicy/minty nose and a sweet, ripe, richly flavoured and well structured palate with quite a hot finish.
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2011 Edition
Wine Spectator, March 2011
90 Points; Polished, velvety and spicy, this is generous with its tobacco and loamy earth elements that surround a lithe core of dark berry and herb. Lingers softly. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Shiraz. Drink now through 2015.
2010 / 2011 Big Red Wine Book; Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh
92 Points - 'a fuitier, looser, easier to drink style than the excellent 2007 - and given that we like both country and western, we loved last years and this years too. It's dusty and herbal but inherently ripe and fleshy, with notes of blackcurrent and olive driving through its core. Excellent Wine. Full of confident flavour.
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