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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage 2010
Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage 2010
(search item no. 121214)
screw cap wine
has fluid
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Shotfire Quartage has a lifted aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, spice and subtle violets. The palate is medium to full bodied in weight and displays cassis characters. The wine has long silky tannins that are to be expected from wines made in the vain of a Bordeaux blend.

Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 12% Merlot

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About Thorn-Clarke:

The Thorn-Clarke family already has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry. The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship between two long time Barossa families. The winery owners are David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) and their son Sam is manager of the winery. Cheryl's brother, David Thorn manages the Mount Crawford and Kabininge vineyards for Thorn-Clarke Wines. Her father Ron Thorn has one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in Australia and possibly the world on the Thorn family property 'Clifton' outside of Angaston. Earliest records show this old vineyard was in existence in 1854.

Husband and wife, David and Cheryl Clarke both have deep family roots in the Barossa. Cheryl Clarke's family, the Thorn's, have been grape growers in the Barossa since the 1870's.

David Clarke's family were pioneers in the Barossa as well but most famously in the mining of gold from the Barossa Goldfields. One of his ancestors was James Goddard who was the responsible for opening the Lady Alice gold mine in the Barossa goldfields and which was the largest gold mine in South Australia at the time. It has been David's love of the wine industry that saw the planting of the Kabininge vineyard outside of Tanunda in 1987. The planting of the Kabininge vineyard represented the start of a deeper involvement by the family in the Barossa wine industry.