Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa

Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa


Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa


2014 Shotfire Quartage


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.

Vinification Notes

The fruit was harvested at night. 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.


Cab Sauv (35%), Cab Franc (25%), Petit Verdot (23%), Merlot (17%)

Vintage Notes

Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good tannin structure and fruit characters.


March 2014

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2014 Shotfire Quartage

The Wine Front

93 Points – Cabernet blend, not to be messed with. It’s stern, tannic and warm. Something I like about this wine is that it rolls out the punches and lets you deal with them; it’s an unapologetic style of wine. It’s beefy, curranty, toasty and 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 and elegant”. That’s about the last way I’d describe it.

Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016

17.5/20 - A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 21% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot from ‘St Kitts’, ‘Milton Park’ and ‘Kabininge’, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak. Very full, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour. The nose is full with deeply packed and harmoniously integrated aromas of ripe black berried fruits interwoven with earth, dark herbs, and spices, unfolding ethereal layers of eucalyptus and cedar. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a softly concentrated heart of black berried fruits, dark and dried herbs, spices, cedar and earth. The flavours fill the mouth, and the wine has plenty of balancing structure and extraction providing a fine, grainy grip and dry, textural mouthfeel. The tannins carry the soft and fulsome flavours to a warm and generous finish. This is a harmoniously interwoven Cabernet blend with layers of blackberry, herb, earth and cedary flavours and a fulsome, grainy-textured palate. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-7 years.

2014 Shotfire Quartage

Silver at 2016 International Wine Challenge

2014 Shotfire Quartage


VineyardsSt Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge

BottledJanuary 2016

Alcohol14.5 % v/v