2014 Shotfire Shiraz
Dark inky red with vibrant red hues at bottling. The aromas are of red and dark berries, smoky toasty oak, liquorice, ground brown spices of nutmeg and cinnamon with a touch of vanillin. This wine is full bodied with abundant fine taut tannin that gives the palate a savoury drying sensation like dark chocolate balancing the sweet berry flavours in the mid palate. Excellent persistence and presence on the aftertaste. The wine will reward those who cellar correctly and have patience.
The grapes were de-stemmed into fermenters. Ferments were 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 allows maximum fruit expression in the wine. Pressing occurs approximately seven days after fermentation commences and the wine is then filled to American oak to mature (14 months in 40% new American hogsheads with the balance going into 2nd and 3rd fill barrels).
Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good tannin structure and fruit characters
Silver at 2016 International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards
90 Points - Josh Reynolds, Vineous
Glass-staining ruby. Musky dark berry, cherry pit and candied licorice on the nose; a subtle floral quality gains strength with air. Plush cherry and dark berry compote flavors show good depth and breadth and gain sweetness and a smoky mocha quality on the back half. Finishes on a gently tannic note, featuring a repeating dark fruit note and very good, sweet persistence.
90 Points - Decanter Magazine, August 2017
A classic style full of uplifting sweet aromatic cherry and inviting minty blackberry. The all-round flavour profile is highly enjoyable; the rich middle palate firms up towards the finish into a dry tannic structure.
90 Points – Wine Spectator 2016
4 Stars – Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World’s Greatest Shiraz 2016
4 Stars – Cuisine Magazine New Zealand – June 2016
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