2017 Shotfire Shiraz
The striking deep red purple in colour. This is a rich, voluptuous wine with aromas of blackcurrant and mulberries accompanied by notes of smokey oak and hints of cloves. The palate is filled with dark fruits and chocolate backed up by taut tannins and lingering oak.
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).
An above average wet spring and cooler than average summer temperatures led to a later start to picking than normal. This combined with a long and mild ripening period meant that our fruit developed to a beautiful level of maturity on the vine. This has led to outstanding flavours and perfumed, expressive wines. The colours are vibrant and tannins are silky with a fine savoury finish.
Top 100 / Blue Gold at 2019 Sydney International Wine Competition
Gold at 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Gold at 2019 Vinalies Internationales
Gold at 2018 Perth Royal Wine Show
Silver at 2019 New World Wine Awards
Silver at 2019 Korea Wine Challenge
Silver at 2019 International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2019 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2019 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2019 Perth Royal Wine Show
Bronze at 2019 Australia International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2019 China Wine & Spirits Competition
Bronze at 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards
Bronze at 2018 New Zealand Wine Show
5 Stars at Winestate World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge
95 Points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2019
Good colour; an immaculately balanced and elegant medium-bodied Shiraz, benefiting from the cool vintage that has blown freshness into so many wines. Blackberry and red cherry both in the ring. - James Halliday
94 Points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2020
If you think the flavours and texture of this wine more akin to the Eden Valley than the Barossa Valley, you're probably right - three of the four estate vineyards are in the Eden Valley, on in the Barossa Valley. The scented pepper, spice and black cherry of the wine provide a lightness of foot to the medium-bodied palate, balance following the same line. Value+.
94 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Gorgeously fruited and fragrant, the bouquet shows dark fruit richness with seductive notes of vanilla, game, spice and cedar, which lead to a succulent palate that is plush and silky. It is gorgeously flavoursome with loads of tasty flavours, wonderfully supported by velvety texture and supple tannins
92 Points - Drinks Trade, June 2019
Burnt confectionery, rich and juicy - grippy palate. Delivers a true varietal expression with a fine, integrated finish.
18.5/20 – Raymond Chan
Dark, deep, near impenetrable, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and voluminous with moderately deep aromas of blackberry fruit with nuances of black plums, and hints of dark raspberries. Soft, integrated notes of spices, liquorice and pepper add to the richness, and the nose reveals nuances of dark herbs. Full-bodied, the palate has vibrant flavours of ripe blackberries with dark raspberries, black plums and black pepper, with liquorice, spice and floral elements. The fruit is rich, sweet and mouth filling and underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and grip lending structure and mouthfeel, with fresh acidity enhancing the vitality. The flavours show aromatic lift as they carry to a lingering finish. This is a rich and sweetly ripe Shiraz with vibrant blackberry and plum fruit along with raspberries, spices and liquorice on a finely extracted palate.
John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph October 2018
Sumptuous expression of Barossa Valley Shiraz, its flavour, texture and balance in absolute sync, thanks to winemaker Peter Kelly's ability to merge the variety's rich quantities and characters in such commanding fashion. Deep, peppery fruit flavours roll easily in tandem with soft tannins and enduring oak.
St Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge