Recently, while i was at Total Wine, I decided to break out of the box and visit the Shiraz section. Normally, Shiraz type wines are hit or miss with me and can be harder to serve to guest as many people do not appreciate the peppery taste. I picked up a bottle of the Thorn Clarke ShotFire 2007 Barossa Cuvee. Wine spectator gives it 90 points and says:
“Ripe, focused and silky, with a mild bite of tannins to support the cedary black cherry and spice flavors, lingering effectively on the expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Drink now through 2014. 10,000 cases made.”
Which makes me wonder why it is in the Shiraz section at all though it does mention spice flavors. The back of the bottle states:
“With a Barossa heritage of six generations, and years to carefully planned vineyard development, it’s little wonder that Thorn-Clarke produces fine and true complex examples of wines that have made this region world famous.
When the first generation of Clarke discovered gold in 1870 at Lady Alice mine, so began a family dynasty intrigued by geology. A fine legacy that is reflected today in the terroir of our vineyards. Our Shotfire range of wines immoralises the shotfire’s hazardous job of setting and lighting the charges in the mines. As he cried “fire’s on” to clear the site quickly he would run for the shelter behind the nearest ridge.
We carefully selected four classic red grape varieties for our Shotfire Cuvee, before blending in the traditional style. The result is an elegant, distinctive wine displaying berry fruit flavors layed with plum and cherry spice characters.”
A mouthful, I know, but it does shed light on an interesting history. So how does it compare?
First smell, it has wonderful blueberry/blackberry scents. I am in the first glass that has been decanted for 30 minutes and it is truly amazing. I never thought I would believe that I could truly taste the plum in a wine but in this wine I do. It also gives off a spice note or peppery note like a Shiraz but smooths it out with a wonderful after taste.
Anyone who is in to trying something completely differently, I highly recommend this wine.