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2015 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Valley 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. What's 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

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 immortalises the Shotfirer’s hazardous job of setting and lighting the charges in the mines.

Comments: 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.

Vinification 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°C range which allows maximum fruit expression in the wine. Pressing occurs approximately seven days after fermentation commences and the wine is then filled to American oak to mature (14 months in 40% new American hogsheads with the balance going into 2nd and 3rd fill barrels).

Vintage Notes: 2015 Vintage was characterised by a dry period extending from July to April, together with warmer than usual temperatures during spring until mid January which advanced maturity on lower yielding vines. Mild temperatures from mid January slowed maturities concentrating flavour and intensifying colour development.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

Awards:
Gold Medal - 2017 Global Shiraz Masters
Gold Medal - 2017 Shanghai International Wine Show

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2015 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Valley Shiraz

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Gary Walsh (2015 Vintage) says
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.
2018 - 2025
91
Bob Campbell MW (2015 Vintage) says
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.
2017 - 2022
92
Jeremy Oliver (2015 Vintage) says
Dark, meaty and mineral, smooth and luscious with layers of pristine fruit.
2023 - 2027
91
Raymond Chan (2015 Vintage) says
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 mouth-filling 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.
93
Tony Keys (2015 Vintage) says
Slight dusty (good) nose one could say, aged character but its only 2015 vintage. Fruit comes through on the palate and it’s a gorgeous mulberry/blackberry tart fruit style never heavy but no weakling, well balanced, good food wine.
94
Kim Brebach (2015 Vintage) says
A different kind of Shiraz, in fact I’d have picked it as their Bordeaux blend because of the strong aromas of cassis and blackberries. The fruit is ripe, plush and intense in the Shotfire style, almost too much of a good thing but held in check by a tight finish. Tour de force.
95

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