2009 Shotfire Shiraz
Deep red colour, with a 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 and earthy notes. There is heaps of mouth filling 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 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 at Mundus Vini (Germany)
Gold & 'Equal Top of Class' at 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Gold at 2011 Spiegelau International Wine Competition (NZ)
Gold at 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Silver at 2011 Barossa Wine Show
Silver at 2010 Royal Perth Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
James Halliday Wine Companion 2012
94 Points; 'Strong crimson-purple; the rich, complex dark fruits of the bouquet expand on the medium to full-bodied palate into a savoury, spicy array of plum, blackberry and dark chocolate flavours. Open-fermented and spends 14 months in oak; has a marvellous show record over the past 10 years.'
Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91 Points - Something more complex and savoury than the traditional Barossa style of previous vintages, with a spicy, almost confiture-like bouquet of cassis, raspberries and dark plums lifted by a whiff of dark ppper and backed by assertive, but appropriately smoky, meaty oak. Long, smooth and juicy, with intense pastille-like fruit and fresh smoky chocolate oak, it's firm and textured with appealing earthy, reductive undertones.
Cuisine Magazine (NZ), July 2011, Issue #147
5* and 2nd overall in Annual Shiraz tasting - A classic Barossa style from on of the region's modern stars. Thoughts of roast lamb are fellow travellers with this wine's blackberry-like fruit, chocolatey depth, spice and silky texture. Vibrant, rich flavours supported by tight, firm tannins. Excellent.
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March/April 2011
5* & 'Equal Top of Category'; Good depth of crimson hue, Inky dark fruit aromas complimented by some nice toasty oak. Rich, dense palate with good flavour persistence, and mouth-coating tannins. Very stylish. 5+ years.
Winewise Magazine, February 2011
Big Red Bargains; This provides a true expression of the Barossa. It displays rich blackberry aromas and lip smacking flavours, it's full bodied and totally satisfying - its oak, powerful fruit and savoury tannins are all in balance, inviting another glass. (14.5% Screwcap)
Toronto Star Canada, November 13, 2010; Gord Stimmell
92 Points; This is lush gush Barossa fruit, with blackberry, cedar, blueberry and a hint of eucalyptus. Flavours show rich chocolate-layered plum and cassis.
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