2010 William Randell Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep red in colour. The nose is lifted and expressive with lovely Christmas cake and mint characters along with black olives and tobacco leaf adding complexity. The palate is medium to full bodied with blueberry and hints of cassis as the primary fruit flavours. The palate has great poise with the vibrant fruit, spicy French oak and fine tannin structure all wonderfully balanced, and the wine finishes with great length of fruit.
The fruit was harvested at night. Fermentation was carried out in a variety of small capacity fermenters. After pressing the parcels were filled to French oak for maturation. The wine was racked after six months and the parcels were blended to form the final wine.
The wine was matured in a temperature controlled barrel hall for 16 months in French hogsheads (barrels).
Average winter rainfall in 2009 resulted in good soil moisture in the 2010 growing season. This combined with moderate weather conditions through most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development.
Gold at 2012 Hobart Wine Show
Gold at 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show
Gold at 2012 Queensland Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Adelaide Wine Show
Silver at 2012 China Wine and Spirit Awards
Bronze at 2013 International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2012 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition
Bronze at 2012 Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze at 2012 Speigelau International Wine Competition (NZ)
James Halliday Wine Companion 2013: Published on 10th of July 2013
94 Points: 'Full crimson-purple; while quite soft overall, both in fruit and tannin terms, the wine is full-bodied and fleshy, with dark chocolate and licorice joining the blackcurrant fruit and cedary oak.'
THE KEY REVIEW OF WINE, TONY KEYS, JULY 2014
94 Points: ‘Two layers to this wine, the top layer is richer fruit cake but then coming in underneath are notes of mint, it makes an interesting mix that keeps the mind occupied as it travels towards the finish. The perfume is more cool mint in character. There was something that didn’t quite gel with me so I can only go to 94 (generous) but I think others may take it further. For many $60 will be worth it, for others not.’
WINE ENTHUSIAST, APRIL, 2014
www.daily examiner.com.au, Grape Expectations with Max Crus, March 1st 2014
'Thorn-Clarke "William Randell" Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, $60. Years ago, on a Murray River caving expedition, we found "Capt Randell 1876" inscribed on the back wall of one. Thorn-Clarke's ancestor was a Murray pioneer. A toast then to dark places and dark-red, luscious wine. 9/10.'
Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013
91 Points: ‘Fresh, focused and deftly balanced, this is replete with currant, plum and dark berry fruit that is shaded by hints of mint, fromage blanc and white pepper. Comes together seamlessly on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2020. 750 cases made. -HS’
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March/April 2013 Edition
4 1/2 Stars