Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa

Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa


Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa


2014 William Randell Shiraz


Deep red with purple hues.  Lifted blackberry and cassis on the nose.  A rich brooding wine with layers of dark chocolate, plum and spiced fruit cake.  Stylish mocha oak notes with a long balanced tannin on the finish

Vinification Notes

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 re-turned to the same oak. Parcels remained in barrel for an average of 14 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.

Vintage Notes

Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good tannin structure and fruit characters.


March 2014

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2014 William Randell Shiraz

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.

The Wine Front

93 Points – 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.

 Winestate Magazine, Mainfreight World’s Greatest Shiraz 2016

4 Stars

Winewise May 2016

4 ½ Stars‘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.’

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.

2014 William Randell Shiraz

Silver at 2016 International Wine Challenge

Bronze at 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

Bronze at 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show

2014 William Randell Shiraz


VineyardsSt Kitts & Milton Park

BottledJanuary 2016