Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa

Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa

 

Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa

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2012 Shotfire Quartage

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Deep red with a purple hue, this wine is a monster on release. The 2012 Shotfire Quartage has lifted aromas of cassis, plum, dried thyme, subtle eucalyptus and spicy oak. The palate doesn't disappoint with a multitude of flavours melding together to form the wines flavour. 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.

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.

Vintage Notes

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.

Harvested

March 2012

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2012 Shotfire Quartage

JAMES HALLIDAY, FEBRUARY, 2015

95 Points: ‘A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Comes from a distinguished line of wines that have over-delivered, and this wine is up with the best of those made to date. While much of it’s quality comes from the vineyard, it has also been very well made; its blackcurrant, redcurrant, cherry and spice flavours flow in a seamless stream across the palate and aftertaste.’

THE KEY REVIEW OF WINE, TONY KEYS, SEPTEMBER 2014

93 Points:The four here being Cab-Sauvignon, Cab-Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. In no way is it Bordeaux-like in taste although the blend is Bordeaux in style. The point being, it works in its own right. 93 points and worth the $25 asked.’

WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2014

92 Points: ‘Though the score does not take price into account, it’s rare to find an Australian wine in this price range that tastes as vinous, integrated, fresh and zesty as this blend…and from Barossa, for that matter. While the spring in 2012 was warm, summer was relatively cool, and this estate-grown cabernet blend sustained that coolness through a night harvest. This offers powerful cabernet grip, along with the purple fruit of petit verdot.’

CAMPBELL MATTINSON, WWW.WINEFRONT.COM.AU, 13TH OF JUNE 2014

91 Points: ‘Barossa Valley blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. This is a well-structured, well-flavoured, medium-bodied red. It tastes of mulberry, blackcurrant, sweet ripe cherries, clovey oak and dusty dried herbs. It’s juicy, well-balanced and appreciably tannic, in a good way. Either soon-ish or with medium-term cellaring, it promises pretty solid drinking.’

STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR SCORES 2014

91 Points: ‘Glass-staining ruby. Very ripe but lively aromas of blackberry, licorice and fresh flowers, with a touch of smokiness. Dense, sweet and lush but also energetic, with black and blue fruit, violet and anise flavours nicely sharpened by juicy acidity. Clings with very good authority on the finish, with just a hint of tannins.’

BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015

91 Points 

WINE SPECTATOR, NOVEMBER, 2013

90 Points: ‘Offers great presence, hanging the juicy black currant, blackberry and floral flavours on an upright frame, persisting easily on an open-textured finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2018. 3,000 cases made. -HS’

THE DAILY EXAMINER, MAX CRUS, AUGUST 2014

8.5/10: ‘Hints of funk, buckets of sweetness, slightly cloying dryness and some oak, this could be a London night club.’

CHRIS SHANAHAN, TOP DROPS, SUNDAY CANBERRA TIMES, JULY 2014

‘The Clarke family owns about 270 hectares of vines spread around the Barossa – a remarkable estate that grew from Cheryl Clarke’s (nee Thorn) very old family holdings. The wines offer plenty of flavour for their modest asking prices. We could call them comfort wines, just as we have comfort foods. Quartage – a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot – has an inky black, crimson-rimmed colour. The palate is impressively sweet fruited, with the leafy, herbal edge that comes with the cabernet varieties. The finish is very dry and firm, though not hard.’

CANVAS MAGAZINE, JOHN HAWKESBY, JULY 2014

‘The Shotfire range of wines immortalises the hazardous job of setting and lighting the charges in the mines – some of which were discovered back in 1870 by the family’s ancestor, James Goddard. After shouting “fire’s on”, the shotfire would scamper quickly from the site taking shelter behind the nearest ridge. A traditional blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot, it is elegant with fruit forward flavours and spice. Great with hearty winter dishes – even roast chicken.’

2012 Shotfire Quartage

Silver at 2014 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

Silver at 2014 New World Wine Awards (NZ)

Silver at 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition

Silver at 2014 International Wine Challenge

Bronze at 2015 New World Wine Awards

Bronze at 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show

2012 Shotfire Quartage

RegionBarossa

VineyardsSt Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge

BottledNovember 2013

Alcohol14.5% v/v


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