2010 William Randell Shiraz
The wine has an inky purple colour. The aroma of the wine has lashings of dark fruit and chocolate. The palate is elegant with fine tannins providing structure throughout. The fruit characters promised by the aroma are delivered on the palate. American oak characters are evident throughout the palate without dominating the fruit of the wine. The wine is well balanced and has long persistence after the wine has left the mouth.
Following harvest the fruit was crushed into a variety of small fermenters (4 to 6T in capacity). Fermentation was carried out at a warm temperature (25-28°). The ferments were manually pumped over to provide good control of tannin extraction. Each fermenter was treated as a separate parcel of wine and once dry was filled to American oak (40% new). Following malolactic fermentation the wines were racked and returned to the same oak. Parcels remained in barrel for an average of 16 months prior to blending. Only the best barrels from the multiple parcels were used to make the final blend. Once blended the wine was prepared for bottling.
The 2010 vintage followed good winter rainfall in 2009 and allowed the vineyards to commence the 2010 season with good soil moisture levels. This soil moisture, combined with moderate weather conditions throughout most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development.
Trophy at International Wine Challenge 2013
"Top Australian Shiraz"
Trophy at International Wine Challenge 2013
"Top Barossa Shiraz"
Blue Gold at 2014 Sydney International Wine Challenge
Double Gold at 2013 China Wine and Spirit Awards
Gold at 2013 Syrah du Monde
Gold at International Wine Challenge 2013
Gold at 2012 China Wine and Spirit Awards
Gold at 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show
Silver at 2013 Adelaide Wine Show
Silver at 2013 National Wine Show
Silver at 2013 Perth Wine Show
Silver at 2013 Queensland Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Adelaide Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Melbourne Wine Show
Silver at 2012 Shanghai International Wine Challenge
Silver at 2012 Speigelau International Wine Competition (NZ)
Bronze at 2013 International Wine and Spirit Challenge
Bronze at 2013 Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze at 2013 Shanghai International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2013 The Spiegelau International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2012 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition
Bronze at 2012 Queensland Wine Show
Seal of Approval at 2012 Korea Wine Challenge
James Halliday, Weekend Australian, November 2012
97 Points: 'Inky purple crimson; as the colour promises, a wine saturated with all manner of black fruits and bitter chocolate. Yet it has an open-weave texture that keeps it light on its feet and allows a farewell of juicy fruit to find its way through the quality oak and fine tannins. An exceptional shiraz.'
Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2013
93 Points: 'Stylish and engaging, with the stablity and structure to age well. Its heady, floral bouquet of small-berries and plums, fine grained and newish cedar/vanilla/bubblegum oak is laced with scents of violets and raspberries. It's smooth, deeply layered and intensely flavoured, with a pristine presence of dark, sour-edged fruits and tightly knit oak underpinned by firmish, dusty tannins. It finishes with length, balance and brightness.'
Wine Enthusiast, September 2013
Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013
AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE – 1/07/2014
90 Points: ‘Thorn-Clarke William Randell is another densely structured and flavoured wine that was quite closed at first but revealed considerable depth of dark berry fruit. Forrestal told us, “floral and dried herb notes. Attractive, vibrant and almost juicy palate. Powerful, rich and concentrated with the fruit weight to balance the tannins.” The wine needs several years to open up and will live for many.’
Adelaide Review Hottest 100 wines for 2013
'This plush, textural fruit rich wine has a welcoming savoury finesse with a warm energy that punctuates no matter the climate'
WINELIFE, HOLLAND, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015
‘Adventures, with sweet fruit and chocolate, characteristic for Barossa, and lively acidity. Cleaver to keep rich and fresh in balance. Beautiful wine with venison and distinct cheeses as reblochon. Alot of wine for your money.’
Ray Jordan, The Weekend West, February 2014
'This is still from the greater Barossa region but it's from a high-altitude, cooler climate site at the northern end so it has a coolish influence on the Barossa characters. It's a multi-layered and deeply complex shiraz from a super year. Smooth and silky but with real grunt and power.'
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March/April 2013 Edition