2008 Shotfire Shiraz
Deep red colour. Very lifted and intense nose of blackberry fruit, sweet spice and dark chocolate. The palate is very rich and flavoursome with blackberry and plum fruit. In addition to the primary fruit characters there is plenty of complexity in this wine with spice, earthy notes and graphite also evident. There is heaps of mouthfilling flavour complemented by chalky tannins. There is great length of fruit as well.
The grapes are crushed and destemmed into open 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.
14 to 16 months in 40% new American and French hogsheads, with the balance going into 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
The 2008 vintage was early with just below average rainfall throughout the year.
Blue Gold at 2010 Sydney International Wine Competition
Gold at 2010 New Zealand International Wine Show
Gold at 2010 New Zealand Liquorland Top 100
Gold at 2010 Royal Qld Wine Show
Gold at 2009 New Zealand International Wine Show
Gold at 2009 New Zealand Liquorland Top 100
Silver at 2010 Barossa Wine Show
Silver at 2010 London International Wine Challenge
Silver at 2009 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
Silver at 2009 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Bronze at 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
James Halliday, Wine Companion 2011
94 Points - 'slightly less dense colour than Sandpiper; lifted plum, dark chocolate and blackberry fruit aromas are followed by an energetic palate that gains velocity on the finish and aftertaste. Drink to 2020
Winestate Magazine Sept / Oct 2010
'Equal Top of Category' - Worlds Greatest Shiraz Challenge
Wine NZ Magazine Winter 2010
Shiraz Shortlist - 'Boysenberry jam on the nose. Pure, bold youthful fruit rolls through the palate exhibiting cassis, blackberry, vanilla and toast. Youthful but lush textured, sweet-fruited and very generous. Oak is well-intergrated as are the robust, ripe round tannins.
Lester Jesberg, WINEWISE, March 2010
Highly Recommended; 'A big ripe blackberry scented style with big, flavour-packed palate'
Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au
93 Points ; ‘It’s got the grunt and it’s got the flavour. Lots of ripe, muscular tannin and dark, coal-like, blackberried fruit flavour. Almost porty, but not quite. Shows some obvious vanillin oak, but it works hand-in-glove with the overall style of the wine. Smooth through the mid-palate, but grainy through the finish. Barossan to its back (or should that be black) teeth. Really good kit’
Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, Issue 186, December 2009
90 Points ; ‘purple in colour, it offers up a nose of toasty oak, Asian spices, incense, blueberry, and blackberry. On the palate it has excellent flavours in a plush, nearly opulent style. The wine is balanced, rich, fleshy, and ripe. Drink this full flavoured effort over the next 6-8 years’
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