2015 William Randell Shiraz
A deep brooding red with inky depth. Black fruits, ripe plum and rich oak highlight the intense aromatics. The palate is densely structured with a powerful fruit and oak profile. Blackberry, star anise and wood smoke. The finish is firm and full bodied and promises to age gracefully for a very long time.
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.
2015 Vintage was characterised by a dry period extending from July to April, together with warmer than usual temperatures during Spring until mid January which advanced maturity on lower yielding vines. Mild temperatures from Mid January slowed maturities concentrating flavour and intensifying colour development.
Silver Outstanding at 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition
Silver at 2018 International Wine Challenge
Silver at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards
4 1/2 Stars at 2018 Winestate China Wine Yearbook
94 Points - James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2019
Right in the wheelhouse for those who like full-flavoured Barossa Shiraz. Sweet, generous fruit is the dominant theme, with plum, blackberry and blueberry all involved, and freshness to be found despite the apparent ripeness. Smoky oak and a tarry regional twang are an easy fit, as is the ample but round-edged tannin. Well crafted.
93 Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate September 2018
The 2015 William Randell Shiraz comes from the far north of the Barossa Valley and was aged 14 months in American oak (40% new). Vanilla and boysenberries feature prominently, alongside baking spices and powdered cocoa. It's full-bodied and plush but then comes to a crisp, tart finish.
93 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
A “best blocks” shiraz, grown on four different Barossa vineyards. Deep dark berried fruit, almost into raisin, complete with a slather of toasty, creamy oak. It’s simple but effective. The result is heavy, dense and intense, but – importantly – seamless. The fruit and the oak are rich, but they’ve nestled in well together. Saltbush accents, perhaps even some choc-mint, complete the picture. This is a smooth, warm ride of flavour, big arms of tannin to hold it in place.
19 Points - Raymond Chan, November 2017
Full, very deep, near impenetrable black-hued red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is rich and voluminous with a penetrating, intense and piquant core of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with black plums and liquorice, intermixed with aromatic spices and coconut-nuanced oak. This has great depth. Full bodied, the palate has intensely concentrated and remarkably deep flavours of ripe blackberries, plums and liquorice, along with spice and black pepper suggestions. The fruit is sweet and rich, lusciously vibrant, unveiling nuances of eucalypt and cedary oak. The fruit is encased by fine-grained, flowery textures and considerable tannin grip. The palate is fulsome and balanced by the structure, and carries to a long, sweetly plush finish of liquorice, spices, herb and eucalypt complexities. This is a powerful and penetratingly rich Shiraz with blackberry, plum and liquorice fruit, with spicy, cedary oak and considerable, fine-grained structure and grip. Match with rich game meat dishes over the next 10+ years.
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