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2014 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz

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The shotfire's job at a mine was to set and light charges. Not a great job, and especially dangerous. Whats more dangerous is this delectable Shiraz. Packed full of big, bold berry flavours and lashings of opulent oak and fine dusty tannins. Wrap your laughing gear around this one with some slow cooked meat dishes.

Winemaker's Notes


The grapes were de-stemmed into fermenters. Ferments were pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degree celcius range which allows maximum fruit expression in the wine.


American oak to mature (14 months in 40% new American hogsheads with the balance going into 2nd and 3rd fill barrels).


Dark inky red with vibrant red hues at bottling.


The aromas are of red and dark berries, smoky toasty oak, liquorice, ground brown spices of nutmeg and cinnamon with a touch of vanillin.


This wine is full bodied with abundant fine taut tannin that gives the palate a savoury drying sensation like dark chocolate balancing the sweet berry flavours in the mid palate. Excellent persistence and presence on the aftertaste.

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 Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
There is a lot of wine here for the price, with blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and well-balanced spicy oak; the palate is firm and focused, revealing tension between its components; good now and with plenty of fuel in the tank for the future.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
From Mount Crawford’s vineyard at the southern extreme of Eden Valley, this the finest vintage for Thorn Clarke Shiraz yet, a $20 benchmark of Barossa shiraz, for its fruit definition and density, layered with signature black plum and blueberry fruits, black pastilles and liquorice of considerable depth and precision. A firm tannin structure is finely textured, providing impressive medium-term potential.
Wine Taste Edition 102
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Smooth, polished and fruit-driven, with a bright, violet-like fragrance of small black and red berries, plums and dusty, cedary oak backed by herbal notes and a hint of menthol. Full to medium-bodied, its even, measured palate of juicy fruit and tightly knit oak are underpinned by supple, loose-knit tannins. Finely balanced and gentle.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong crimson-purple; the rich, complex dark fruits of the bouquet expand on the medium- to full-bodied palate into a savoury, spicy array of plum, blackberry and dark chocolate flavours. Open-fermented and spends 14 months in oak; has a marvellous show record over the past 10 years.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Slightly less dense colour than Sandpiper; lifted plum, dark chocolate and blackberry fruit aromas are followed by an energetic palate that gains velocity on the finish and aftertaste. A conundrum, given the benefit of doubt.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
We raved about the 2007 release and got a lot of positive feedback - it was a champion of a wine (if you see it, snap it up). This 2008 is an excellent follow-up. It's got the grunt and it's got the flavour. Woo-hoo - we're on a winner again this year. Lots of ripe, muscular tannin and dark, coal-like, blackberried fruit flavour. Almost porty, but not quite. Shows some obvious vanillin oak, but it works hand-in-glove with the overall style of the wine. Smooth fruit flavours and then grainy, textural tannin. Black as night and great to hook into.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple; a fragrant bouquet leads into cherry and plum fruit on the mid-palate; finish still to fully integrate, but will almost certainly do so.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This an elite wine at a sensible price and, like most such bargains, the only issue will be availability. Check the winery's website for stockists. This has the power, structure and length to age like a charm. It's full of saturated flavour, its dense notes of plum, cedarwood, coffee and blackberry supported by the most inky, glass-staining colour. Even better: for all this flavour and impact the alcohol is at a reasonable level. The Thorn-Clarke team has excelled itself here.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Juicy, fresh and vibrant, packed with spicy flavours of raspberries, cassis and blackberries, this artfully made young shiraz is unashamedly oaky, with loads of vanilla, bubblegum, smoky and chocolate-like character, but has the brightness, smoothness and fruit intensity to handle it. Framed by fine, dusty tannin, it's a very approachable and delicious early drinker.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A full-bodied wine, with layers of black fruits; tannins and oak in appropriate support. Gold medal National Wine Show '06
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Deep purple-red; a dense, rich and powerful wine which retains true elegance, no doubt due in part to the controlled alcohol. Oak, fruit and tannins coalesce in a wine of great quality, with a number of significant gold medals under its belt.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Deep colour; richly robed blackberry fruit and vanilla oak; medium to full-bodied; soft, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A rich and sumptuous, but not jammy, array of fruits and spices; fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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