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Thorn Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2008Thorn Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2008
Size: 750ml
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Sub-Region: Barossa Valley

Deep red in colour. The lifted nose has ripe raspberries and anise, with choc mint oak characters. The palate is full bodied with fantastic berry fruit, plums, liquorice and complexing oak. There is a great depth of fruit with savoury oak and mouth coating tannins. The fruit, oak and tannins all combine to give the wine great length of flavour. This wine drinks well now and will age up to 7 years.

The 2006 Vintage had a mild and long ripening season. These conditions favored the accumulation of intense colour and flavours in the Shiraz grapes. The grapes are crushed and destemmed into open fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees Celsius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into a mix of French and American oak to mature.