2006 William Randell Shiraz
Deep red / purple colour, the nose is very lifted and spicy with layers of dark chocolate, mocha and Christmas cake. The palate is rich and full bodied with blackberries, cassis and mocha oak notes which characterise this intensely flavoured Barossa Valley Shiraz. The wine is mouth filling and satisfying with its creamy, unctuous texture and packs in fine silky tannins. The wine has great length with lingering flavours of blackberry fruit and chocolate oak.
‘This represents the best release under the William Randell label to date’ Derek Fitzgerald - Winemaker
The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into open fermenters. Yeast is added immediately and the grape must pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degrees Celsius range, which allows the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into both French and American oak to complete fermentation. All small premium batches remain separate to ensure the best blend is put together.
22 months in 50% American oak and 50% French oak. 100% new oak.
2006 Vintage had a mild and long ripening season. These conditions favoured the accumulation of intense, natural colour and flavours in the shiraz fruit.
Gold at 2010 Korean Wine Challenge
Gold at 2010 Royal Perth Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Australian Gourmet Traveller, November 2011
92 Points 'Very ripe and rich but not overdone; the colour is dark; the nose essency with blackberry aromas that stop just short of jammy. Full-bodied, profound and solid, it's assertive in its tannins but balanced, and even makes some claim to elegance'
2010 / 2011 Big Red Wine Book; Campbell Mattinson & Garry Walsh
93 Points ' Dark fruit flavours are gorgeous, and it slips down so easily, and its tannin structure is so insistently firm and.....and.... It's hard not to enjoy it, and admire it. It's a big, silken, oak-driven red of wonderful dimension.'
James Halliday 2010 Wine Companion
94 Points ; ‘Very Dense colour; a super-rich wine with layers of black fruits glued together by fine, but persistent, tannins and quality oak; drink to 2021’
Lester Jesberg, WINEWISE, July 2010
Outstanding - ‘This wine is about power and vibrancy. Strong varietal blackberry fruit is supported by slightly toasty oak on a palate that is both opulent and delicious’
Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, Issue 186, December 2009
Wine Spectator, July 2009
93 Points; ‘Bright, generous and focused, brimming with juicy blackberry, liquorice, mint and cream flavours that linger easily as the finish sails on and on. Stylish and graceful. Drink now through 2020. – H.S.’
Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au
93 Points 'For once I'm lost for words, I just think of an introduction. Thick nougat, mocha and vanilla oak though there's plenty of rich dark fruit too (blackberry mainly, I'd say) - some Barossan tar and a little mint. Marries savoury and sweet fruit flavours really well, has excellent density, concentration and ripe tannin, and despite its scale, drinks very well. Hint of bitterness on the finish. Boroque, but a very good wine within its style. And yes I liked it.'
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