2009 Shotfire Quartage
Ripe lush red fruits, macerated strawberries, blueberry and raspberry with hints of cedar wood on the nose complemented by layers of caramel and cassis on the palate. Supple rich tannins enhance the length and elegance of this wine.
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%).
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 12% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
The 2009 vintage started a little earlier than usual due to a week of hot weather. Following this, the weather settled down to an extended spell of warm, dry days and cool nights. Some light rain in March provided much needed relief for thirsty vines, and resulted in the vintage finishing well, producing wines with excellent colour and flavour.
Gold & 'Top of Class' at 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Gold at 2011 Barossa Wine Show
Gold at Mundus Vini (Germany) 2011
Bronze at 2011 National Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Hobart Wine Show
The Gazette, June 2012
Supple, rich, juicy, easy-drinking yet remarkably restrained. For my euro-palate it's this last point that makes the difference between the good and very good in Aussie wines. No excess fruit - ripe, pretty and tinged with violets. Wood frames the ensemble well. Serve at 18 degrees celcius. Drink now to 2015.
Winestate Magazine, May/June 2012
Top 40 Best Buy
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, February 2012
90 Points - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, the 2009 Shotfire Quartage was aged in French oak. It displays a deep garnet-purple colour and expressive notes of freshly crushed blackcurrant, blackberries and cracked pepper with nuances of cedar, yeast extract, dried mint, bay leaf and bakers chocolate. Very big, full bodied and powerful on the palate, it offers mouth-filling warm blackberry and mint flavours with medium to firm grainy tannins and a crisp acidity, finishing long. Drinking well now, it should remain good to 2017+.
James Halliday, June 2011
95 Points - This wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot that spends 13 months in 85% French and 15% American oak. The fermentation methods are very simple and inexpensive, the wine being made in the vineyard and by the varietal assemblage. The colour is crimson-purple, the wine having remarkable intensity and drive to its blackcurrant, plum and licorice flavours that magically ascend on the finish. This is a great vintage of Shotfire Quartage, with a great long-term future.
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