What is the Quartage? It sounds like it could be four mythical creatures from a Tolkein novel who make up the Quartage. In fact it’s a tasty red blend from the Barossa made by the talented crew at Thorn-Clarke. This is one wine that is actually quite old world in style with an incredible combination of Cabernet, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cab Franc. That’s quite a mouthful, but it’s elegant rather than being domineering and works very well with savoury dishes. Expect a wine that’s rich in red fruits, some subtle spice and a round, textured palate that ends with real persistence.
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.
Blend: Cab Sauv (35%), Cab Franc (25%), Petit Verdot (23%), Merlot (17%)
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: Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good tannin structure and fruit characters.