2006 Thorn-Clarke "Shotfire" Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley South Australia
91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 18 months in French oak. Purple-colored, it offers up a fragrant bouquet of cedar, spice box, earth notes, black currant, and blackberry. Bordering on opulent, it has gobs of savory black fruit, excellent balance, and a fruit-filled finish. It will provide pleasure over the next eight years." (02/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Inky ruby. Dark cherry and cassis on the nose, with suave vanilla, cola and floral qualities adding complexity. Medium-bodied red and dark berry flavors are impressively pure, with fully absorbed tannins and gentle acidity on the back end. A very nicely balanced wine with no excess sweetness or weight." (Sept/Oct '08) Our notes - Bold, big and crammed with blackberry and cassis fruit, this is one of our finest Cabernet values in the store right now. If you are a tried and true fan of Thorn Clarke (you'd be in good company, right alongside Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer) you'd want to know that this is the very first release of a Shotfire Cabernet. K&L is the only retailer in California, if not the entire West Coast to sell this wine, which was sourced from Thorn Clarke's Kabinge and Milton Park vineyards. Turns out 2006 was such a perfect storm for Cab, lucky for us.