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.

Vinification Notes

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.

Vintage Notes

The 2008 vintage was early with just below average rainfall throughout the year.


April 2008

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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