2016 William Randell Shiraz
Deep red with inky purple hues. This classic Barossa style shows rich blackberry, liquorice, spice plum and smoky oak on the nose. The palate is dense with ripe mulberry and berry compote and generous supporting oak. The tannins are savoury and long with spicy refined finish.
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 18 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.
A warm dry spring led to into similarly dry conditions in December and January. The warm weather brought harvest on in the first week of February. A couple of good rain events led to milder conditions and a long even ripening period and excellent flavour development. The wine from 2016 show typical Barossa warmth and generosity and should age well.
Silver at 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver at 2018 New Zealand Wine Show
Classic old-style silk-and-velvet Barossa Shiraz of such high order has been a bit of a rarity on this desk: it’s great to be reminded of just how solidly accomplished and matter-of-factly seductive they can be when fed a proper range of fruits from such a range of sites. Single-site wine growing is one thing, and it’s become very popular indeed. But the capacity to blend across various sites almost always offers a more consistent, reliable and impressive drink.
All the regular business went into this wine: small open fermenters, pump-overs by hand, best parcels into American oak barrels (40 per cent new) and then only the most exemplary barrels were chosen for the assemblage.
So? All those lovely silky prunes and plums, the mulberries and blackberries, the gentle fleshy mushroom you’d expect of the best of the big valley are in this wondrous thing. With that edge of Quercus alba sap that I called right wing when it stuck its head out of a Penfolds extravagance with an extra zero on it a few weeks back.
In fact, if you smarted at those new Penfolds prices, this is a brand you could quite honourably retreat to and emerge with dignity and the satisfaction of saving a great deal of money.
This would make hearty celebratory drinking with beef or cheddar at Christmas, or be a very safe bet left mellowing for a decade in the dungeon.
93- 95 Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate September 2018
Stereotypical Oz Shiraz to some extent, the 2016 William Randell Shiraz is big, ripe and heavily accented by American oak. Cedar and vanilla notes blend with rich, plummy fruit, those sweet notes brought together and balanced by savoury dry tannins. It's a big-ass steak wine, one that will be appreciated by consumers at steakhouses around the world.
95 Points – Bob Campbell MW
Dense, inky red colour, with a Christmas cake medley of dried fruit and nut flavours together with liquorice, chocolate/mocha and vanilla characters. A power-packed wine with impressive ageing potential
19.5/20 – Raymond Chan
Very dark, near saturated lack-hue ruby-red colour. The nose is full and sweetly ripe with vibrant and luscious aromas of blackberries melded with boysenberries and black plums along with a layer of black pepper and Asian spices, and sweet, nutty oak. This has excellent intensity and unfolds layers of richness with exotic detail. Full-bodied, the palate has beautifully ripened and sweetly luscious flavours of blackberries with notes of boysenberries and black plums, with complexing black pepper, spices and exotic oak. The flavours are succulent, decadent and opulent, and are supported by considerable fine-grained tannin structure and grip to match the power of the fruit. The acidity is ripe and restrained, lending a thread of vitality that sees the wine carry to a sustained, rich and sweet finish. This is a beautifully rich, decadent and opulent Shiraz with ripe black fruits, spices and exotic oak on a palate with great structure and power.
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