2010 Shotfire Quartage
The 2010 Shotfire Quartage has a lifted aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, spice and subtle violets. The palate is medium to full bodied in weight and displays cassis characters. The wine has long silky tannins that are to be expected from wines made in the vain of a Bordeaux blend.
The fruit was harvested at night. Fermentation was carried out in a variety of small capacity fermenters. After pressing the parcels were filled to French oak for maturation. The wine was racked after six months and the parcels were blended to form the final wine.
The wine was matured for 12 months in French hogsheads (barrels).
Cabernet Sauvignon - 43%, Cabernet Franc 33%, Malbec 12%, Merlot 12%
Average winter rainfall in 2009 resulted in good soil moisture in the 2010 growing season. This combined with moderate weather conditions through most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development.
Gold at 2012 China Wine and Spirit Awards
Gold at 2012 Concours Mondial
Silver at 2012 Barossa Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver at 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition
Silver at 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Queensland Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Speigelau International Wine Competition (NZ)
Bronze at 2012 International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2012 Perth Wine Show
Bronze at 2012 Shanghai International Wine Challenge
Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2014
89 Points: ' Sweet malbec-driven aromas of cassis, raspberries, blackberries and red plums with a hint of banana, fresh vanilla and cedary oak reveal a light vegetal note and dusty undertones of dried herbs. It's elegant and supple, with ripe, juicy fruit underpinned by pliant, dusty tannins and restrained oak, finishing with freshness and brightness.'
Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, 11/12/2012
93 Points: 'Value Fantastic. Who says top Barossa red should cost? This blend of cabernet sauvignon and franc, malbec and merlot smells of cherries, chocolate, spice and vanilla. (Screw cap; 14 percent alcohol.) Ageing? Drink over five years. Food ideas, Spring lamb cutlets; steak sandwiches.'
Courier Mail, Tony Love, November 2012
4 1/2 Stars: 'A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and merlot, this is a little ripper, juicy, bright and crunchy berry and plum fruits with good structure, chalky textures and a lingering finish. There's a touch of earth and herb garden smells adding a balancing layer and interesting complexities for this price.'
James Halliday, September 2012
94 Points: 'Good purple-crimson; as is so often the case, defies commonly accepted views about the Barossa’s (ie including Eden Valley) ability to produce high quality examples of a Bordeaux blend; there is an invigorating freshness and lightness of touch to this berry-fruited wine that draws it through to a long, lingering finish.'
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012
89 Points - The 2010 Shotfire Quartage, a more expensive but more complex wine, is an inky ruby/purple blend od 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with a little Petit Verdoy and Merlot. This delicious red displays notes of plum sauce, Asian soy, vanilla, white chocolate and copious quantities of blackcurrant and blackberry. It is medium to full-bodied, with very velvety tannins (a characteristic fo Thorn-Clarke reds) and a heady, succulent finish. This wine sees more time in French oak (about 85%) than in American oak (15%). It should drink nicely for 4-5 years.
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar Magazine 2012
90 Points: 'Inky ruby. Pungent aromas of cherry compote, blueberry and licorice, with tobacco and medicinal herb nuances gaining strength with air. Juicy and penetrating, offering intense dark fruit flavours and bright floral and spice qualities. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, spice-dominated finish, which features a subtle vanilla note.'