2006 Thorn-Clarke "Shotfire" Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley South Australia

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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.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley