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2014 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage

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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.

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2014 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
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.
2018 - 2029
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Sweet malbec-driven aromas of cassis, raspberries, blackberries and red plums with a hint of banana, fresh vanilla and cedary oak reveal a light vegetal note and dusty undertones of dried herbs. It?s elegant and supple, with ripe, juicy fruit underpinned by pliant, dusty tannins and restrained oak, finishing with freshness and brightness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
This wine is a 52/24/18/3/3% blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot that spends 13 months in 85% French and 15% American oak. The colour is crimson-purple, the wine with remarkable intensity and drive to its blackcurrant, plum and licorice flavours that magically ascend on the finish. This label has a great show history.
to 2024
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Ripe and juicy but measured and elegant, this firmish young cabernet blend has a scent of cassis, raspberries and dark cherries lifted by a violet-like fragrance and backed by earthy and raisined notes plus a faintly vegetal aspect. Tightly knit with chocolatey and slightly meaty oak, it's smooth and pliant, with a dusty, fine-grained backbone and a faintly cooked and currant-like aspect at the finish. Lacks the length and evenness of ripening for a higher rating.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
It's a blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, merlot and malbec, and it has been one of the quality hits of the past few years. A fruitier, looser, easier to drink wine than the excellent 2007 - and given that we like both country and western, we loved last year's and love this too. It's dusty and herbal but inherently ripe and fleshy, with notes of blackcurrant and olive driving through its core. Excellent wine. Full of confident flavour.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good hue; fresh and vibrant; red fruits and savoury flavours on the light- to medium-bodied palate; minimal tannins; not as complex as prior vintages. Cabernet Sauvignon/PetitVerdot/Merlot/Malbec.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, merlot and malbec, and it has been one of the true quality hits of the past handful of years. Serious wine. Muscular, dense and interesting. It tastes unusual too: of black olives and nuts, chocolate and hung game. There's a good slip of refreshing acidity and lots of drying tannin; in fact, some might find the tannin too much. The bet is that patience will be rewarded with added complexity.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Stacked full of ripe, though not overripe blackberry and plum fruit; soft tannins and perfectly managed oak. Yet another gold medal performance for Quartage, this time National Wine Show '07.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A flavoursome, approachable and mouthfilling wine whose vibrant flavours of ripe plums, blackberries and redcurrants are enhanced by sweet vanilla and mocha-like oak. It's generous and juicy, with a full length of fruit that eases into a pliant spine of loose-knit tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
A five-way cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec, merlot and petit verdot blend that represents staggering quality and value. Ripe Barossa berry fruit aromas, mixed berry flavours, some spice and a wedge of attractive oak. All delivered on fine, smooth tannins, plum skin and sweetly spiced oak to close.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Has great fragrance, and a beautifully fine, silky palate with a mix of cherry, cassis and spice. Unlucky not to win a gold at the National Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong purple-red colour; a potent, youthful and concentrated array of a full range of dark fruit/berry characters; oak and tannins a pure support role; 4 trophies 2005 Adelaide Wine Show. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Fine and harmonious, with plenty of flavour, but elegance and refinement, its slightly meaty aroma of vibrant dark berry, plum and black olive-like fruit is backed by dark chocolate/mocha oak, cloves, cinnamon and faint undertones of marzipan. Sumptuously flavoured yet smooth and silky, its deeply ripened dark berry and plum flavours reveal hints of treacle and a slightly herbal aspect. Framed by fine-grained tannins, it finishes with a touch of salty minerality.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Savoury minty berry aromas and flavours, and touches of dark chocolate; fine, savoury tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Cabernet Franc/Merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Bright, rich and sweet red and black fruits; good density and mouthfeel; soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; red berry fruits are joined by abundant, dusty vanilla oak on the bouquet. The powerful, dense palate likewise brings jammy fruit and lashings of oak to the party. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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