2008 William Randell Shiraz
The colour is a deep inky purple. The nose is complex with a deep concentration of black fruits, liquorice and spicy chocolate oak. The palate is full bodied with typically intense Barossa Shiraz fruit. The fruit characters are blackberry and plum, with well balanced oak. Additionally the palate is dense and generous making it wonderfully mouth-filling and with some lovely grainy tannins, it suggests the wine will improve for the next 10 to 15 years. This wine has fantastic length of fruit and oak flavours.
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 French oak to complete fermentation. All small premium batches remain separate to ensure the best blend is put together.
24 months 100% French oak, 100% new.
2008 was a very warm year with harvest being completed in a very short period. The resultant wines from the vintage reflect the growing conditions with loads of upfront fruit and rich mouthfeel, meaning wines from this vintage will have a great deal of aging potential as well.
Gold at 2012 Syrah du Monde
Bronze at 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
James Halliday Wine Companion 2012
95 Points: 'Dense, deep-purple crimson; an enormously concentrated and powerful shiraz, with so much depth to its black fruits and accompanying tannins it is hard to visualise how long it will take to open up and mature, but the balance is there. Drink to 2030'
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition
5 Stars: 'Super rich and oaky - "Not for the feint hearted", according to one judge. Dense, complex, fruit cake aromas and a huge, warm, chocolaty palate with big, chewy tannins.'
Wine Spectator, October 2011
90 Points: 'Ripe and broad, with a purity of spicy, coffee-accented berry and purple plum flavours that ride over a plush texture and linger on the rich but balanced finish. Best from 2012 through 2018.'
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