2012 Shotfire Cabernet Shiraz
Deep red in colour with purple hues on release. A lifted nose of brooding black currant and spice characters jump from the glass, the wine has intense black currant and black cherry fruit characters. The maturation on French oak adds spice and cedar like characters to the palate. The wine has grainy long tannins which persist after the wine has left the mouth.
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. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into a mix of French and American oak to mature.
A warmer spring and cooler summer saw the Barossa begin vintage 2012 with some exceptionally healthy vines and expectations for early maturation. Maximum mean temperatures in the Barossa in spring (September to November) were slightly above average, which led to good vegetative growth, healthy vines and potentially early maturation, while summer mean maximum temperatures were cooler than average.
Silver at 2014 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
Silver at 2014 San Francisco Wine Show
JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016
92 Points - '76/24% blend. Stern and gruff with dusty, herbal characters but sweet, curranty fruit wins the day. Good heft. Will continue to develop but is already drinking well.'
STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014
91 Points: ‘Brilliant purple. Perfumed aromas of fresh cherry, boysenberry and cola, with a smoky topnote. Lush, round and supple, offering juicy dark fruit flavours that smoothly blend richness with vivacity. A very long, gently tannic finish features persistent dark berry flavours and a touch of peppery spices.’
ROBERT PARKER - THE WINE ADVOCATE, NOVEMBER 2014
89 Points: ‘This is one of my go-to wineries for top values from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The Thorn family has been growing grapes since the 1870’s, and the quality of these wines are impressive. Moreover, the prices are almost ridiculously low, making these wines frequent entries in The Wine Advocate. I enjoyed the 2012 Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, a blend of 76% of the former and 24% of the latter. This attractive, dense, elegant red possesses good purity as well as delicious blackcurrant and blackberry fruit intermixed with tobacco leaf, baking spices and background oak characteristics. Medium to full-bodied and lush, it is ideal for drinking over the next 3-4 years.’
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