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Shotfire Quartage
Thorn Clarke
Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley

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.

Shotfire Quartage is based on the five traditional red varieties found in the Bordeaux region of France (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec). The Thorn-Clarke winemakers use at least four of the varieties to create the blend each year (occasionally, they can get over excited and use all five). The blend is a reminder to not only look to the future but also to keep an eye on the past and tradition.

This traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec boast a deep inky red - purple color. Aromas of freshly crushed peppercorns, roasted capsicum & blackcurrant fill the glass. On the palate there is a generosity of fruit. The notes of dark cacoa and smokey bacon intertwined with velvety tannins lead to a complex finish.

Specifications
Appellation
Barossa Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 22% Malbec, 10% Merlot (2018)
Vinification
Fermentation was carried out in a variety of small capacity fermenters. After pressing the parcels were filled to French oak (12 months) for maturation. The wine was racked after six months and the parcels were blended to form the final wine.
Pairings

Anything on the grill, from meat to vegetables. Also great with dark chocolate.

Reviews and News

2016 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 94 PTS & Gold Medal - MIWC

2016 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 94 PTS & Gold Medal - MIWC

malbourne international wine competition 2019 94 gold medal





- Melbourne International Wine Competition (July 2019), 94 pts & Gold Medal

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2016 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 94 PTS - Wine Orbit

2016 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 94 PTS - Wine Orbit

wine orbit logo"It is sweetly fruited and fabulously fragrant on the nose showing blackberry, blueberry jam, vanilla, roasted nut and mixed spice characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is plump and fleshy. It is generous and flavoursome with plenty of delectable flavours, finishing long and satisfying. - Sam Kim."

- Wine Orbit (2019), 94 pts

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2016 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 92 PTS - Drinks Trade

2016 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 92 PTS - Drinks Trade

drinks trade logo"Burnt confectionary, rich and juicy-grippy palate. Delivers a true varietal expression with a fine, integrated finish."

- Drinks Trade (June 2019), 92 pts

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2015 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 95 PTS - JH

2015 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 95 PTS - JH

halliday logo"A long established blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot that has often exceeded expectations, both with the quality of the estate grown fruit, the way the components are handled in the winery and the blending process. Everything about the wine defies the normal yawn that greets Barossa Valley Bordeaux blends with its bright mouthfeel and cedary fruit flavours."
- James Halliday’s Wine Companion (February 2018), 95 pts

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2015 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 91 PTS - WS

2015 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 91 PTS - WS

wine spectator 91 pts"Plush and ripe, with a velvety background for the blackberry, plum and blueberry core. Chai tea, vanilla bean and candied ginger accents add a warm, smooth overtone, showing a long, generous finish. Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2030. 5,000 cases made. –MW"
- Wine Spectator (December 2017), 91 pts

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2015 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 90 PTS - WA

2015 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 23% Petit Verdot and 17% Merlot, the 2015 Shotfire Quartage offers up mint and cassis on the nose along with hints of classic tobacco and cigar box. It's full-bodied, with supple tannins and a velvety texture.- Joe Czerwinski"

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 238, August 31st 2018), 90 pts

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2014 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 93 PTS - WF

2014 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 93 PTS - WF

winefront logo"It's beefy, curranty, toasty and substantial, with dusty/leafy cabernet characters as afterthoughts... Just feel the grunt of it."
- Wine Front (April 2016), 93 pts

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2014 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 90 PTS - VINOUS

"vinous logo 250Saturated 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 berrydominated finish, which is given shape by dusty, even tannins. - Josh Raynolds
- Vinous (Australia Brings the Brawn and the Beauty, October 2017), 90 pts

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2013 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2013 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 90 PTS - VINOUS

"vinous logo 250(aged in new and used French oak for a year): Youthful purple. Expressive aromas of ripe blueberry, dark chocolate and incense, with a peppery nuance adding urgency. Densely packed but lively as well, with hints of lavender, mocha and black pepper complementing pliant black and blue fruit flavors. Closes with building sweetness, a touch of smokiness and even tannins that fold slowly into the wine's plush fruit. - Josh Raynolds
- Vinous (March 2016), 90 pts

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2012 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 95 PTS - AWC

2012 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 95 PTS - AWC

"jhawc logo 250A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Comes from a distinguished line of wines that have over-delivered, and this wine is up there with best of those made to date. While much of its quality comes from the vineyard, it has also been very well made; its blackcurrant, redcurrant, cherry and spice flavours flow in a seamless stream across the palate and aftertaste. - James Halliday

- Australian Wine Companion (Issue 2016), 95 pts

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2012 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 92 PTS - W&S

2012 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 92 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"Though the score does not take price into account, it's rare to find an Australian wine in this price range that tastes as vinous, integrated, fresh and zesty as this blend...and from Barossa, for that matter. While the spring in 2012 was warm, summer was relatively cool, and this estate-grown cabernet blend sustained that coolness through a night harvest. This offers powerful cabernet grip, along with the purple fruit of petit verdot and the lovely ripeness of merlot. It's rich without any excess weight, floral, fragrant and lasting. Buy a bottle and you'll probably end up buying a case."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine, 92 pts

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2012 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 91 PTS - IWC

2012 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 91 PTS - IWC

tanzer iwc 91 pts"Glass-staining ruby. Very ripe but lively aromas of blackberry, licorice and fresh flowers, with a touch of smokiness. Dense, sweet and lush but also energetic, with black and blue fruit, violet and anise flavors nicely sharpened by juicy acidity. Clings with very good authority on the finish, with just a hint of tannins."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (July / August 2014), 91 pts

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2011 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 90 PTS - WA

2011 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 90 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 90 Pts."The impressive 2011 Shotfire Quartage is composed of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec and 12% Merlot. Excellent aromas of creme de cassis, espresso bean, chocolate and menthol jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied effort. Excellent purity as well as personality and a spicy, moderately long finish suggest it can be drunk over the next 2-3 years."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 90 pts

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2010 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 94 PTS - James Halliday

2010 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 94 PTS - James Halliday

"jhawc logo 250Good purple-crimson; as is so often the case, defies commonly accepted views about the Barossa's (ie including the Eden Valley) ability to produce high quality examples of a Bordeaux blend; there is an invigorating freshness and lightness of touch to this berry-fruited wine that draws it through to a long, lingering finish."

James Halliday (Published on 14 Nov 2012), 94 pts

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2010 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 89 PTS - WA

2010 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 89 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 89 Pts."The 2010 Shotfire Quartage, a more expensive but more complex wine, is an inky ruby/purple blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot. This delicious red displays notes of plum sauce, Asian soy, vanilla, white chocolate and copious quantities of black currant and blackberry. It is medium to full-bodied, with very velvety tannins (a characteristic of Thorn-Clarke reds) and a heady, succulent finish. This wine sees more time in French oak (about 85%) than in American oak (15%). It should drink nicely for 4-5 years."

Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 89 pts

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2010 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 88 PTS - WS

2010 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage Barossa Valley - 88 PTS - WS

wine spectator 88 pts"Ripe and focused, with juicy plum, currant and savory meat flavors that remain tight and sleek through the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2016. 12,000 cases made. - HS"

Wine Spectator (November 30th 2012), 88 pts

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Producer Information: Thorn Clarke

The name Thorn-Clarke represents the union between two families with deep roots in the Barossa Valley and six generations of grape growing. Cheryl Clarke’s (née Thorn) family were some of ...
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