2011 Shotfire Cabernet Shiraz
Red/purple in colour. A lifted nose of clean blackberry fruit accompanied by cedar wood characters, the oak elements are complex and layered with mocha and spices. The palate shows sweet fruit characters dominated by blackberry and plum, complimented by sweet Indian spices. The sweet fruit characters are balanced by interesting savoury elements adding to the complexity. The mid-weight palate is complimented by fine-grained tannins and great length of savoury fruit and oak.
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 celcius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression.
This vintage had a cool, slow ripening period which has in turn produced elegant red wines.
Silver at 2013 International Wine and Spirit Challenge
Bronze at 2013 Shanghai International Wine Challenge
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 2013
87 Points: 'The 2011 Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz (76% and 24% respectively) is a soft, velvety-textured effort displaying lots of peppery, meaty, bouquet garni notes interspersed with black currant and blackberry fruit. Round and succulent with low acidity and ripe tannin, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.'
St Kitts, Kabininge