2016 Shotfire Quartage
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.
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 (47%), Cab Franc (31%), Merlot (14%), Petit Verdot (8%)
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.
5 Stars / Top in Category at Winestate Magazine
Gold at 2019 Melbourne International Wine Challenge
Silver at 2019 Vinalies Internationales
Bronze at 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards
Bronze at 2018 Barossa Wine Show
94 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
It is sweetly fruited and fabulously fragrant on the nose showing blackberry, blueberry jam, vanilla, roasted nut and mixed spice characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is plump and fleshy. It is generous and flavoursome with plenty of delectable flavours, finishing long and satisfying.
91 Points – Bob Campbell MW
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Elegant red wine with dark berry, cherry and spicy oak flavours. A fine-boned wine with good underlying power. It offers value at this price
90 Points – Wine Front
Thorn Clarke’s “Bordeaux blend” is one of the more reliable performers on the Australian red wine landscape. First impressions are good. It’s a bold, substantial wine, loaded with both fruit and oak. There’s lot of tannin too, giving the wine a real presence in the mouth. First sip and I thought we were really onto something here. Subsequent sips saw the oak creep further and further forward, so that it came to be the dominant impression. The aftertaste is particularly resiny and planky. If you like big oak, big tannin and big fruit, more or less in that order, then we have a real contender here. I still think it has a lot to offer but it’s a wine you buy/drink as much on style as you do on quality.
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.
St Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge
14.5 % v/v