The Shotfire Quartage is an interesting new blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec made from 100% Barossa Valley fruit. This wine is a fairly new label from a winery owned by geologist David Clarke who has said that the secret to the wine’s character is that it includes Petit Verdot.
The 2005 Shotfire Quartage grabbed three trophies at the 2007 Royal Sydney Wine Show and two trophies at the 2006 Royal Hobart Wine Show and has been described as a stunning example of a Barossa Valley red by a Wine Society tasting panellist.
The palate is rich, ripe and full of flavour, bursting with plums, blackcurrants and a hint of Christmas pudding. The supporting oak has dark chocolate and vanilla essence. The tannins are chalky but complement the wine to give it great mouthfeel and length of fruit and oak flavours.
Keep this one in the wine cellar up to 2009.
Shotfire Quartage 2005
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