Thorn Clarke "Shotfire" Shiraz 2018 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - [HWC 92] [W&S 91]
Thorn Clarke "Shotfire" Shiraz 2018 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - [HWC 92] [W&S 91]

Thorn Clarke "Shotfire" Shiraz 2018
(Barossa Valley, Australia) - [HWC 92] [W&S 91]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
The Shotfire range honors a family pioneer who worked the Barossa goldfields in the late 1800's. He had the hazardous job of being a 'Shotfirer'; one who handled the explosives to be used in finding that rich vein of gold.

Striking deep red-purple in color. A rich, voluptuous wine with aromas of blackcurrant and mulberries accompanied by notes of smokey oak and hints of cloves. The palate is filled with dark fruits and chocolate backed up by taut tannins and lingering oak.

Pairings: Grilled meat, grilled vegetables, strong cheese as well. Also delicious with dark chocolate.

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. 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).

Varietal: 100% Shiraz

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Halliday Wine Companion:
"Destemmed, pressed approximately 7 days later, 14 months in American oak (40% new). Rich, layered, mocha/chocolate overtones to the black berry fruits are obvious." - (August 2020)

91 Points - Wine & Spirits:
"The gamey scent of mataro stands behind this wine's spicy red cherry flavors. The fruit is sweet, but that ripeness is edged with high-toned acidity that extends those cherry flavors in a salty, spicy finish. Pour it with spicy braised pork shoulder. - Joshua Greene (Dec 2020)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The supple, creamy-textured 2018 Shotfire Shiraz features hints of vanilla, bay leaf and cracked pepper on the nose, backed by ripe raspberries, cherries and mulberries. It's medium to full-bodied, ripe and generous, with a lingering, slightly tangy finish. Enjoy this easy-drinking, bargain-priced Shiraz over the next 3-4 years." - Joe Czerwinski (31st Jul 2020)

Wine Spectator Magazine:

"Dense, with toasted herb notes and cedar shadings to the plump wild blackberry and fleshy black cherry flavors. A touch of red licorice and dried thyme linger on the muscular finish. Drink now through 2035. 13,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported." - MW