THORN CLARKE SHOTFIRE SHIRAZ 2015
THORN CLARKE SHOTFIRE SHIRAZ 2015
Big Barossan Beauty -
5 Stars Sam Kim
+ 5 Stars Raymond Chan
- Product Code: 7502
- Country: Australia
- Region: South Australia
- Sub Region: Barossa Valley
- Style: Red
- Variety: Syrah / Shiraz
- Closure: Screw Cap
- Unit: Each
- Volume: 750ml
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Grape: 100% Shiraz
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"When the Clarke forbears discovered gold in 1870 at the Lady Alice mine in the Barossa goldfields, so began a family dynasty intrigued by geology. A fine legacy that is reflected today in the terroir of our vineyards. The Shotfire range immortilises the Shotfirer’s hazardous job of setting and lighting the charges in the mines.
Deep red with purple tints. Rich and concentrated dark fruits, with charry oak and mocha notes. The palate shows dense plum and mulberry with dark chocolate and savoury oak tannins. The wine is intense, balanced and shows great length on the palate. 14 months in 40% new American hogsheads with the balance going into 2nd and 3rd fill barrels."
Reviews for the 2015 vintage below...
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"This consistently excellent label delivers awesome fruit concentration and richness together with seductive complexity, exhibiting dark fruit, smoked game, toasted almond, dark chocolate and cherry pie notes. The palate is impressively weighted and flavoursome, and offers outstanding fruit purity combined with stylish oak undertones. At its best: now to 2025."
5 Stars & 18.5-/20 Raymond Chan, February 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full and voluminous with rich, ripe, up-front, near opulent aromas of blackberries melded with liquorice and subtle layers of savoury eucalyptus and cedar, and oak vanilla notes. The aromatics are harmonious and integrated. Full-bodied, the palate features rich and plush fruit flavours of ripe blackberries and liquorice entwined with dark plums, cedar and oak vanilla. The fruit is vibrant and lively, and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction, providing mouthfilling body, depth and grip. Lacy, background acidity lends energy and the wine carries with underlying power to a long and sustained finish of liquorice and cedar. This is a rich and lusciously sweet, ripe Shiraz with blackberry and plum fruit melded with cedary oak on a well-structured palate with a vibrant mouthfeel. Match with roast lamb and slow-cooked game meats over the next 6-8 years. Shiraz fruit from the ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’ vineyards, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 40% new American oak."
92/100 Bob Campbell MW, June 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Big, ripe Shiraz with plum, dark berry, chocolate, mocha and vanilla flavours. Quite a fresh, vibrant wine that's not at all cloying. Approachable now - but no rush. Good value at this price."
4 1/2 Stars Tony Love, Herald Sun, July 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Absolutely classic Barossa Shiraz: ripe, dark fruit, plum compote if you wish to define the aromas, aided by a sweet oak influence that sits well here, adding structure and depth to the palate that comes alive as you taste. Terrific acidity keeps the wine fresh and lively in the finish, with just enough sticky grip in the mouthfeel to hold the flavours in without closing down the flow. Good complexity."
91+/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, July 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Opens a bit reductive, but comes up in the glass pretty quickly. Blackberry, plum, liquorice, a touch of eucalyptus and cedar. Full bodied, fleshy and ripe, with grippy tannin, firm acidity, and raspberry bobbing up on firm and toasty finish. Has the structure to age and improve over the medium-term too."