2010 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 de-stemmed 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 degree 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.
14 to 16 months in 40% new American and French hogsheads, with the balance going into 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
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 Barossa Wine Show
Gold at 2012 China Wine and Spirit Awards
Gold at 2012 Queensland Wine Show
Gold & 'Equal Top of Class' at 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver at 2012 Melbourne Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Perth Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Shanghai International Wine Challenge
Silver at 2012 Syrah du Monde
Bronze at 2012 International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2012 Korea Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2012 Sydney Wine Show
Bronze at 2011 National Wine Show
Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2013
91 Points - Smooth, polished and fruit-driven, with a bright, violet-like fragrance of small black and red berries, plums and dusty, cedary oak backed by herbal notes and a hint of menthol. Full to medium-bodied, its even, measured palate of juicy fruit and tightly knit oak are underpinned by supple, loose knit tannins. Finely balanced and gentle.
Money Magazine, January, 2013
Thorn-Clarke has been growing grapes in the Barossa Valley for six generations and has recently moved into winemaking with considerable success. The "Shotfire" range bridges the gap between its entry-level and top-flight wines and consistently represents excellent value.
National Liquor News, August 2012
Rich and complex with dry, grippy tannins on the finish. Luscious oak with chocolate hints that is bound to be popular with consumers.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012
90 Points - Dark ruby/purple, with notes of roasted coconut, graphite, damp earth, blackberry and casses, this perfumed wine hits the palate with a thunderous richness from the glycerin and dense fruit. Quite sexy, stunning, with some structured tannin in the finish, this wine should drink well for another 5-7 years.
James Halliday Wine Companion 2012
92 Points: 'There is a lot of wine here for the price, with blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and well balanced spicy oak; the palate is firm and focused, revealing tension between its components; good now and with plenty of fuel in the tank for the future.'
Wine Spectator 2012
90 Points - Smooth, polished and open textured, with a violet note weaving through the plum and blackberry flavours, lingering easily. Drink now through 2018.
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition
5* - Ripe style without being over ripe. Beautiful varietal fruit vibrancy balanced with well-handled oak and a lovely, firm, seamless tannic backbone. Has warmth, texture and structure.
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