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Thorn Clarke William Randell Shiraz 2014

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Product Description

Thorn Clarke William Randell Shiraz is made from 100 percent Shiraz

Deep red / purple color, the nose displays lifted spice with layers of dark chocolate, mocha and Christmas cake. The palate is rich and full bodied with blackberries, cassis and mocha oak notes which characterize this intensely flavored Barossa Shiraz. The wine is mouth filling and satisfying with its creamy texture and fine silky tannins. The wine has great length with lingering flavors of blackberry fruit and well integrated oak.



'A rich, textural wine with dense plum, dark berry, blackcurrant and chocolate/mocha flavours. Impressive concentration with obvious cellaring potential.' - 95 Points / Gold Ribbon - Bob Campbell 2016, NZ

This isn't a wallflower when it comes to potency of fruit and mesh of oak, but it sure does give the drinker a good slug of Barossa Valley Shiraz at its most powerful. Thick, syrupy textured with licks of mocha mint among plummy fruit and creamy texture. Big done very well. 94 Points - Wine Business Monthly, August 2016

Barossa Valley Shiraz, done up to the nines. The oak is fairly obvious here but then, so too is the depth of fruit. We're talking bold, deep blackberry and saturated plum here, with tips of mint and then sweeps of coffee-cream, chocolatey oak. It struts through the palate, all cuddly and warm. - 93 Points The Wine Front  

Deep Red/purple hue and a chocolaty, smoky, earthy oak driven aroma. The barrels dominate, and the oak seems to be sitting apart from the wine. It's a big, dense, rich wine, with dominant vanilla and cholate oak-derived flavours. The tannins are drying but smooth. - 92 Points - Huon Hooke 2016

'A very impressive Barossa shiraz offering vibrant, rich blackberry varietal character backed up by precise oak handling. The finish is long and the firm, fine tannins linger. Well worth cellaring.' -4 ½ Stars -Winewise May 2016

4 Stars - Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World's Greatest Shiraz 2016

New Zealand Drinks Biz Magazine - June 2016

If dark chocolate, intense vanilla, black plums, dried leaves and smoky notes all sound like an interesting and complex range of flavours, then meet Thorn Clarke's William Randell Shiraz. What a wine; it's bone dry with high but balanced acidity, big tannins (which need a little time to soften) and a full body. Its long finish adds to its very good quality. It drinks well now but has potential to age for up to 10 years and beyond.

Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World's Greatest Shiraz 2016

4 Stars

Raymond Chan, NZ, April 2016

19.0-/20 - Very deep, dark, near impenetrable, purple-hued black-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a softly concentrated, deep and densely packed nose of ripe black plums, blackberries, liquorice, earth and chocolate aromas, along with gentle waves of cedar and bacon-like oak elements. Full-bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe black plums, blackberries and liquorice are melded with chocolate and cedar, and fill the palate with richness and sweetness. The mouthfeel is seamless as it opens, unfolding waves of spices and oak. The fruit richness is balanced by considerable structure from fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction. Soft acidity contributes to the mouthfilling flavours and the wine carries to a very long, lingering finish of plums, liquorice, spices and cedar. This is a very rich and layered Shiraz with mases of black plum, liquorice and cedar flavour and a seamless, fine-grained, fully-structured palate. Match with game meat, casseroles and slow-cooked meats over the next 7-9+ years. Fruit from 'St Kitts' and 'Milton Park', fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 40% new American oak.

Winery: Thorn Clarke - William Randell

The Thorn Clarke William Randell Estate
The winery owners are David and Cheryl Clarke (born Thorn) and their son Sam is the manager of the winery. The Thorn-Clarke family has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry. The Thorns have been grape growers in the Barossa since the 1870's. David Clarke's passion for the wine industry lead to the planting of the Kabininge vineyard outside of Tanunda in 1987, which represents the start of a deeper involvement by the family in the Barossa wine industry.

The Thorn Clarke William Randell Vineyards
William Randell is sourced from Thorn-Clarke's 33 hectare Kabininge vineyard (81.51 acres) is true Barossa Valley floor terroir. This is the oldest of their 100% family-owned vineyards and is situated in the heart of one of the great wine regions of the world - the Barossa Valley. Kabininge is planted predominantly to Shiraz - the variety for which the Barossa Valley is best known - supported by smaller plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. At just 270 metres above sea level and located on dark grey to dark brown carbonaceous soils (known as Bay of Biscay soil) red winegrapes ripen easily here. By monitoring soil moisture levels to limit yield and berry size, we can achieve exceptional red wines with superb varietal flavor and concentration.

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Deep red with a slight purple hue on release. The wine has a rich mix of dark chocolate infused with coffee bean and black liquorice, then scents of tar, aniseed, raw (pure) soy and black olive on the nose. The palate is expansive, and yet balanced and finessed. An amalgam of dark berried flavors and textural sensations. The 100% new oak is completely absorbed, meshed with ripe tannins, completing a palate of impressive length and youthfulness.

Parcels of fruit for this wine were identified in the vineyard by the winemakers. Daily fruit inspection led to the fruit being harvested at optimum flavor ripeness. The fruit was harvested at night and quickly transported to the winery. The fruit was destemmed to 6T open fermenters for fermentation. A Shiraz specific yeast was selected to ferment the wine and fermentation was carried out at a maximum of 28°C. The fermenter was manually pumped over twice daily in the first half of fermentation to give the winemakers control of color, flavor and tannin extraction. Pump over regimes were adjusted toward the end of fermentation to suit the tannin and flavor extraction of the wine. The cap was completely broken up on each pump over. The wine remained in fermenters for 6-8 days (dependent on parcel) before being pressed, inoculated with malolactic bacteria and filled to American oak (100% new barrels). The wine was racked post malolactic fermentation and returned to the same barrels. The wine was topped every month and after six months racked and returned to the same barrels again. Prior to bottling the parcels were emptied from oak and blended. Minimal fining and filtration was carried out prior to bottling.



"Full-bodied and rich, this is a traditional style of Barossa Shiraz, aged in American oak hogsheads. Faint menthol or dill notes and plenty of vanilla frame plum and mulberry fruit, while hints of green peppercorn and maple syrup add interest to the long finish. Drink now–2030. - Joe Czewinski" - Wine Enthusiast (April 2017), 93 pts


2012 Vintage:

Voted Best Shiraz in the World at London's International Wine & Spirit Competition 



Voted Best Shiraz in the World at London's International Wine & Spirit Competition 

 Wine Enthusiast: 93
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