2015 Shotfire Shiraz
Deep red with purple tints. Rich and concentrated dark fruits, with charry oak and mocha notes. The palate shows dense plum and mulberry with dark chocolate and savoury oak tannins. The wine is intense, balanced and shows great length on the palate.
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).
2015 Vintage was characterised by a dry period extending from July to April, together with warmer than usual temperatures during Spring until mid January which advanced maturity on lower yielding vines. Mild temperatures from Mid January slowed maturities concentrating flavour and intensifying colour development.
Silver at 2017 International Wine Competition
Silver at 2016 New Zealand International Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
Bronze at 2016 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2016 National Wine Show
Bronze at 2016 Queensland Wine Show
92 Points - Bob Campbell MW, June 2017
Big, ripe Shiraz with plum, dark berry, chocolate, mocha and vanilla flavours. Quite a fresh, vibrant wine that's not at all cloying. Approachable now - but no rush. Good value at this price
94 Points - Key Review, Tony Keys, April 2017
Slight dusty (good) nose one could say aged character but its only 2015 vintage. Fruit comes through on the palate and it’s a gorgeous mulberry/blackberry tart fruit style never heavy but no weakling, well balanced, good food wine.
95 Points - 'Best wines under $20', Kim Brebach, April 2017
A different kind of Shiraz, in fact I’d have picked it as their Bordeaux blend because of the strong aromas of cassis and blackberries. The fruit is ripe, plush and intense in the Shotfire style, almost too much of a good thing but held in check by a tight finish. Tour de force.
4 1/2 Stars - Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, April 2017
Absolutely classic Barossa Shiraz: Ripe, dark fruit, plum compote if you wish to define the aromas, aided by a sweet oak influence that sits well here, adding structure and depth to the palate which comes alive as you taste. Terrific acidity keeps the wine fresh and lively in the finish, with just enough sticky grip in the mouthfeel to hold the flavours in without closing down the flow. Good complexity and layers of interest.
18.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, April 2016
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full and voluminous with rich, ripe, up-front, near opulent aromas of blackberries melded with liquorice and subtle layers of savoury eucalyptus and cedar, and oak vanilla notes. The aromatics are harmonious and integrated. Full-bodied, the palate features rich and plush fruit flavours of ripe blackberries and liquorice entwined with dark plums, cedar and oak vanilla. The fruit is vibrant and lively, and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction, providing mouthfilling body, depth and grip. Lacy, background acidity lends energy and the wine carries with underlying power to a long and sustained finish of liquorice and cedar. This is a rich and lusciously sweet, ripe Shiraz with blackberry and plum fruit melded with cedary oak on a well-structured palate with a vibrant mouthfeel. Match with roast lamb and slow-cooked game meats over the next 6-8 years.
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