2011 Shotfire Quartage
The 2011 Shotfire Quartage has lifted aromas of spice and violets. The palate is medium bodied in weight with blackcurrants, spice and forrest floor undertone finish. The wine has long silky tannins that you would expect to find in a wine made from Bordeaux varietals.
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 - 52%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Malbec 13%, Petit Verdot 15%
The vintage had a cool, slow ripening period which has in turn produced elegant red wines.
Double Gold at 2013 China Wine and Spirits Awards
Silver at the
Silver at 2013 New World Wine Awards
Silver at 2013 Shanghai International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2013 International Wine and Spirit Challenge
Commended at 2013 International Wine Challenge
TONY KEYS, THE KEY REVIEW OF WINE, JULY 2014
94 Points: ‘The ‘quartage’ tag is the collective term the company has chosen for cab-sav, cab-franc, petit verdot and malbec. A classic Bordeaux blend of grapes. This wine doesn’t pretend to be Bordeaux but stands proud in its own right. There is a central vortex of flavour and texture that swirls across the palate while throwing interesting flavours outwards. 94 points and good value at $25.’
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 2013
90 Points: 'The impressive 2011 Shotfire Quartage is composed of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec and 12% Merlot. Excellent aromas of creme de cassis, espresso bean, chocolate and menthol jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied effort. Excellent purity as well as personality and a spicy, moderately long finish suggest it can be drunk over the next 2-3 years.'
VANCOUVER MAGAZINE, WWW.VANMAG.COM, DECEMBER, 2014
Best Rich Red Wines of 2015 : ‘It must be noteworthy when the same wine wines its category over and over. Once again our judges were wowed by the refined and understated power of this Aussie thoroughbred. Yes, it is distinctly Barossa with plenty of generous cassis fruit, mocha, and menthol (from a quartet of Bordeaux grapes), but it is streamlined and structured in a refreshing way, and decidedly not jammy.’