2014 Thorn Clarke Shotfire QuartageBlend from Australia
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"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 wine...
- 93 Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
- 91 James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
- 90 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
93 Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
"Cabernet blend, not to be messed with. It's stern, tannic & warm. Something I like about this wine is that it rolls out the punches & lets you deal with them; it's an unapologetic style of wine. It's beefy, curranty, toasty & 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 & elegant". That's about the last way I'd describe it." ---Campbell Mattinson
91 James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
"35% cabernet sauvignon, 25% cabernet franc, 23% petit verdot and 17% merlot, night-harvested, small batch-fermented, matured in French oak for 12 months. A wine that has over many years had the habit of winning gold medals (and trophies) at capital city wine shows. Certainly one of the best Barossa Bordeaux blends, with a full display of cassis/blackcurrant fruit tempered by perfectly weighted tannins, oak a means to an end, not an end in itself."
90 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
Saturated ruby. The perfumed nose displays musky, smoke-accented red and black currant and cherry scents, along with a tobacco nuance in the background. Bitter cherry, cassis and dark chocolate flavors show good depth and become sweeter with air. A bright mineral note enlivens the long, sappy, dark berry-dominated finish, which is given shape by dusty, even tannins.
"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." - Winery
93 - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
91 - James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
90 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, lead, cedar, molasses, dark fruit, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast and tar|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, mocha, leather, vanilla, violet, rose, truffle, earth and coffee|