When the Clarke forbearers 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.
Shotfire Quartage is based on the five traditional red varieties found in the Bordeaux region of France (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec). Our winemakers use at least four of the varieties to create the blend each year (occasionally, they can get over excited and use all five). The blend is a reminder to not only look to the future but also to keep an eye on the past and tradition.
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Good purple-crimson; as is so often the case, defies commonly accepted views about the Barossa’s (ie including Eden Valley) ability to produce high quality examples of a Bordeaux blend; there is an invigorating freshness and lightness of touch to this berry-fruited wine that draws it through to a long, lingering finish. Rating 94 - James Halliday (SEP/2012)
The 2010 Shotfire Quartage, a more expensive but more complex wine, is an inky ruby/purple blend od 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with a little Petit Verdoy and Merlot. This delicious red displays notes of plum sauce, Asian soy, vanilla, white chocolate and copious quantities of blackcurrant and blackberry. It is medium to full-bodied, with very velvety tannins (a characteristic fo Thorn-Clarke reds) and a heady, succulent finish. This wine sees more time in French oak (about 85%) than in American oak (15%). It should drink nicely for 4-5 years.Rating 89 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (JUN/2012)
Inky ruby. Pungent aromas of cherry compote, blueberry and licorice, with tobacco and medicinal herb nuances gaining strength with air. Juicy and penetrating, offering intense dark fruit flavours and bright floral and spice qualities. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, spice-dominated finish, which features a subtle vanilla note.Rating 90 - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar Magazine 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
Cabernet Sauvignon (43%), Cabernet Franc (33%), Malbec (12%), Merlot (12%).
The 2010 Shotfire Quartage has a lifted aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, spice and subtle violets.
The palate is medium to full bodied in weight and displays cassis characters. The wine has long silky tannins that are to be expected from wines made in the vain of a Bordeaux blend.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal, 2012 Concours Mondial
Bronze Medal, 2012 Perth Wine Show
Silver Medal, 2012 Barossa Wine Show
Silver Medal, 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal, 2012 New Zealand InternMedal,ional Wine Show
Silver Medal, 2012 Queensland Wine Show
Silver Medal, 2012 Speigelau InternMedal,ional Wine Competition (Nz)
Bronze Medal, 2012 InternMedal,ional Wine Challenge
Bronze Medal, 2012 Shanghai InternMedal,ional Wine Challenge