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 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 not only to look to the future but also to keep an eye on the past and tradition.
The wine is deep red with a purple hue, and is a monster on release. The 2012 Shotfire Quartage has lifted aromas of cassis, plum, dried thyme, subtle eucalyptus and spicy oak. The palate doesn’t disappoint with a multitude of flavours melding together to form the wine’s flavour. 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. Exceptional value at this level of quality.
Halliday Australian Wine Companion: 95 points.