2011 Thorn Clarke Shotfire Cabernet Shiraz Blend
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, blueberry and strawberry
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, spice box and dark fruit
"Deep red in colour with brick hues on release. Leafy cabernet varietal cabernet is balanced by ripe plum, licorice and slight eucalyptus characters on the nose. Upfront dark fruits and long grainy tannins dominate the palate in addition maturation on French oak adds spice and cedar like characters. The wine has a distinct acid backbone which gives the wine long persistence." - Winery
Wine Maker Comments
"Red/purple in colour. A lifted nose of clean blackberry fruit accompanied by cedar wood characters, the oak elements are complex and layered with mocha and spices. The palate shows sweet fruit characters dominated by blackberry and plum, complimented by sweet Indian spices. The sweet fruit characters are balanced by interesting savoury elements adding to the complexity. The mid-weight palate is complimented by fine-grained tannins and great length of savoury fruit and oak. "
"The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are 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 will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression."
"This vintage had a cool, slow ripening period which has in turn produced elegant red wines."