THORN CLARKE SHOTFIRE QUARTAGE 2014
THORN CLARKE SHOTFIRE QUARTAGE 2014
"Cabernet blend, not to be messed with"
93/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
- Product Code: 6105
- Country: Australia
- Region: South Australia
- Sub Region: Barossa Valley
- Style: Red
- Variety: Cabernet / Merlot Blend
- Closure: Screw Cap
- Unit: Each
- Volume: 750ml
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Grape: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 23% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot
Winery notes (2014 Vintage)
"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."
93/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, April 2016 (2014 Vintage)
"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."
92/100 Tony Love’s Top 100, Adelaide Advertiser, July 2016 (2014 Vintage)
"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."
91/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion (2014 Vintage)
"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."
4 Stars & 17.5/20 Raymond Chan, April 2016 (2014 Vintage)
"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."