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Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • France, 750ml

"A classic wine with a classic bouquet - aromas of dark berries and baked bell-pepper, sweet tobacco, milk chcolate and plums, black currant and a touch of violet. Youthful, ripe and enticing. A core of ripe red berry flavours touch the palate first, then toasty almost smoky wood with clove and vanilla. Ripe tannins and acidity add texture and mouthfeel. Fresh, fruity, youthful and delicious." Cameron Douglas

  • Winery: Thorn-Clarke
  • Varietal: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot
  • Region: Barossa, Australia
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Food pairing: Grilled beef, lamb, pork & chicken; burgers; pasta with tomato-based sauces; garlic & mushrooms; mild-medium cheeses

The Shotfire Quartage is sourced from the older Thorn-Clarke owned plantings in the Barossa, with 'Kabininge' and 'St Kitts' vineyards being the main contributors. This wine is primarily a blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) with Cabernet Sauvignon always being dominant. Whilst the Barossa is famous for Shiraz, Thorn-Clarke is renowned for its Quartage which has collected Trophies for best wine of show and / or class at most major wine shows in Australia over the last 10 years.

This Cabernet blend is perfect for any occasion and will impress. Very easy drinking. Get delivered direct to your door or treat someone special. Buy right here.

A Rich History

"The 1870s were a very special decade for our family tree and its roots in the Barossa. One side settled on the fruit farm that would nurture some of the region’s oldest vineyards along with six generations of viticulturists. The other side, meanwhile, discovered a different treasure buried in the bounteous Barossa soil: the region’s first gold mine.

Now, call it luck. Call it mere coincidence, if you wish but 100 years later, the two sides came together in a union that created our family, our winery and, some might say, our destiny: to produce wines worthy of gold.

A Leap of Faith

In 1987, David and Cheryl Clarke bought their first property, Kabininge, near Tanunda. The family started to plant vines and it could all have ended right there. As the baby vines grew, David and Cheryl’s kids, Sam and Nicole, were conscripted to help water, prune and pick, all by hand. These were the hard yards. 

This is when Cheryl took charge and called in her family, the Thorns. Her father, Ron, and her brothers soon had the vineyard in premium condition, and it started to bear fruit - very good fruit, in fact - a tribute to David’s site selection and the Thorns’ vineyard management.

For over 10 years, the vineyards developed a fine reputation and the fruit was sold to neighbouring winemakers, who turned it into award-winning wines. This was pleasing, but hardly fulfilling.

The leap of faith was taken with the 1998 vintage - small batches of Shiraz were made through to wine - and so began the Thorn-Clarke story.

Our Vineyards

As a 6th generation grape grower, the Thorn-Clarke family are custodians of 240 hectares of vineyard that includes holdings in some of the most southerly and northerly sites in the Barossa region. The incredible diversity of soils across the Barossa and Eden Valley bring out unique characteristics in the wine and it's up to us to match the right grape variety with the right conditions. This is where the love and care that goes into our wine begins!"


  • Double Gold - 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition
  • Gold - 2021 Korea Wine Challenge
  • 93/100 Points - 2022 Halliday Wine Companion
  • 93/100 Points -  Cameron Douglas MS
  • 93/100 Points - 2021 Halliday Cellaring Selections
  • 92/100 Points - James Suckling
  • Silver - 2020 New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
  • Silver - 2022 Mundus Vini
  • Silver - 2021 Barossa Wine Show
  • 91/100 Points -  2021 Winestate Cabernet & Bordeaux Challenge

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