"Good color; an immaculately balanced and elegant medium-bodied shiraz, benefiting from the cool vintage that has blown freshness into so many wines. Blackberry and red cherry both in the ring. - James Halliday"
"Opaque purple-red with a vibrant hue. Fresh blackcurrant fruit, a ripple of raspberry brightness and plenty of vanilla from 40% new American hogsheads, which also add grainy tannins. This helps to corset the wine into a medium-bodied, more athletic shape. - James Halliday"
"Ripe, dark-fruited and sexy, the 2016 Shotfire Shiraz spent 14 months in American oak (40% new). Blackberries, cola and baking spices pick up hints of vanilla, while the full-bodied palate offers soft supple tannins and a long finish. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 238, August 31st 2018), 91 pts
"Glass-staining ruby. Musky dark berry, cherry pit and candied licorice on the nose; a subtle floral quality gains strength with air. Plush cherry and dark berry compote flavors show good depth and breadth and gain sweetness and a smoky mocha quality on the back half. Finishes on a gently tannic note, featuring a repeating dark fruit note and very good, sweet persistence. - Josh Raynolds" - Vinous (Australia Brings the Brawn and the Beauty, October 2017), 90 pts
"Youthful purple. Smoky blackberry, cherry cola and spicecake aromas show very good vivacity and clarity. Lush and appealingly sweet on the palate, offering juicy black and blue fruit preserve flavors and a hint of candied licorice. Shows impressive energy and supple tannins on the finish, which leaves juicy blueberry and peppery spice notes behind. - Josh Raynolds" - Vinous (Australia Brings the Brawn and the Beauty, October 2017), 91 pts
"Smoke, sandalwood and white pepper notes add aromatic complexity to the core flavors of plump plum, cherry and black currant. Generous and harmonious, with velvety tannins lingering. Drink now through 2027. 12,000 cases made. –MW"
"The Clarke family farms 670 acres of vines in the Barossa and Eden valleys, which provide most of the fruit for its wines,including this blend from three vineyards. Shotfire isn't particularly complex, but it's satisfying and it hews to a classical profile of Barossa Shiraz: With scents of baking spices against earthy red fruit, this feels markedly cool and brisk. Decant it for flank steak or sautéed calf's liver with onions."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (2017), 92 pts - BEST BUY - Year's Best Australian Shiraz