2014 Shotfire Quartage
Deep red with brick hues. Lifted berry, cinnamon, nutmeg and dried oregano aromas. The palate doesn’t disappoint with a multitude of flavours melding together to form the wines flavour, starting with red berries and anise. On release the tannins for the fruit and oak are firm and long, the generosity of fruit is balanced by an elegance provided by natural acidity. The wine is full bodied and complete.
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 (12 months) for maturation. The wine was racked after six months and the parcels were blended to form the final wine.
Cab Sauv (35%), Cab Franc (25%), Petit Verdot (23%), Merlot (17%)
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 2017 Vinalies International Wine Competition
Silver at 2016 IWSC
Silver at 2016 International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2017 International Wine Competition
Bronze at 2016 New Zealand International Wine Show
Bronze at 2016 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2016 Perth Royal Wine Show
Bronze at 2016 Hobart Wine Show
The Wine Front
93 Points – Cabernet blend, not to be messed with. It’s stern, tannic and warm. Something I like about this wine is that it rolls out the punches and lets you deal with them; it’s an unapologetic style of wine. It’s beefy, curranty, toasty and substantial, with dusty/leafy cabernet characters as afterthoughts. Just watch those tannin unfurls. Just feel the grunt of it. The press release accompanying the wine describes it as “floral and elegant”. That’s about the last way I’d describe it.
92 Points – Tony Love’s Top 100, Adelaide Advertiser July 2016
One of the Barossa’s most consistent over delivers, this cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot blend sets up an early aromatic stance with delightful blackberries and leafy notes – part forest and part tobacco, part dusty oak – followed by a wave of crushed berry and plum juice flavours that is bright and filled with life and joyous energy. It's all held neatly in a coat of soft touch and mouthfeel. Spot on.
91 Points – James Halliday's Wine Companion 2016
35% cabernet sauvignon, 25% cabernet franc, 23% petit verdot and 17% merlot, night-harvested, small batch-fermented, matured in French oak for 12 months. A wine that has over many years had the habit of winning gold medals (and trophies) at capital city wine shows. Certainly one of the best Barossa Bordeaux blends, with a full display of cassis/blackcurrant fruit tempered by perfectly weighted tannins, oak a means to an end, not an end in itself.
Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham, August 2016
A BAROSSA Valley best-seller from the heart of faraway Bordeaux. Thorn-Clarke’s 2014 Shotfire Quartage ($25) evolves from the winemaker selecting from any of the five Bordeaux varieties growing on the family-owned estate at Angaston. Having the moniker “quartage” naturally points to four varieties and, in this latest release, the chosen components are cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Given its consistency in style and delivery, it’s little wonder the deeply-coloured and richly flavoured
Shotfire Quartage enjoys such significant popularity in the Thorn-Clarke range. Having generous flavours works to its advantage, allowing them to come together as a multi-tiered wine. As a blended red, this is up there with the best.
4 Stars – Sunday Times, Perth, June 2016
‘Black berry aroma and leafy notes in this cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot blend give way to an exciting wave of crushed berry and plum juice flavours.’
Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016
17.5/20 - A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 21% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot from ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak. Very full, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour. The nose is full with deeply packed and harmoniously integrated aromas of ripe black berried fruits interwoven with earth, dark herbs, and spices, unfolding ethereal layers of eucalyptus and cedar. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a softly concentrated heart of black berried fruits, dark and dried herbs, spices, cedar and earth. The flavours fill the mouth, and the wine has plenty of balancing structure and extraction providing a fine, grainy grip and dry, textural mouthfeel. The tannins carry the soft and fulsome flavours to a warm and generous finish. This is a harmoniously interwoven Cabernet blend with layers of blackberry, herb, earth and cedary flavours and a fulsome, grainy-textured palate. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-7 years.
St Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge
14.5 % v/v