2016 Shotfire Quartage

Comments

A traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Merlot give this wine its deep inky red colour. On the nose, ripe plums and blackcurrant are complimented by notes of smoky bacon and spice.  The palate is teeming with complex notes of black cherry, chocolate, anise and again the trademark blackcurrant.  Firm tannins give the wine great length and density.

 

Vinification Notes

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.

Blend

Cab Sauv (47%), Cab Franc (31%), Merlot (14%), Petit Verdot (8%)

Vintage Notes

A warm dry spring led to into similarly dry conditions in December and January.  The warm weather brought harvest on in the first week of February.  A couple of good rain events led to milder conditions and a long even ripening period and excellent flavour development.  The wine from 2016 show typical Barossa warmth and generosity and will age well.

 

Bronze at 2018 Barossa Wine Show

18.5/20  - Raymond Chan

Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim.  The nose is softly full and well-packed with concentrated, ripe aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants along with black plums and nuances of redcurrants.  The aromatics are refined and show intensity, unfolding subtle nutty oak.  The aromatics grow in density with aeration.  Full-bodied, the has deep and softly packed , concentrated flavours of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants with plums and notes of nutty, spicy oak.  The fruit is harmoniously interwoven and balanced with the oak and supported by ine-grained flowery tannin extraction with integrated acidity.  The flavours grow in richness to fill the mouth and carry to a concentrated, lingering, nuanced finish.  This is a softly concentrated and densely packed, ripe Bordeaux-varietal blend with harmoniously integrated and balanced black fruits on a very fine-grained palate.

Region : 

Barossa

Vineyards : 

St Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge

Alcohol : 

14.5 % v/v

Tasting Notes