2012 William Randell Shiraz
The wine is restrained at first but opens up in the glass. Dark cherry and plum are the primary fruit characters with subtle vanilla and chocolate characters adding to the inviting aroma. A delicious rhubarb like character runs the length of the palate. The wine has ample tannin but it is supple and velvety. Restrained vanilla and creamy oak characters fill the midpalate. The wine finishes elegantly with intensity of tannin and flavour.
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.
A warmer spring and cooler summer saw the Barossa begin vintage 2012 with some exceptionally healthy vines and expectations for an early ripening period. Maximum mean temperatures in the Barossa in spring (September to November) were slightly above average, which led to good vegetative growth, healthy vines and potentially early ripening, while summer mean maximum temperatures were cooler than average.
Gold at 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold at 2015 New Zealand International Wine Show
Silver at 2016 International Wine Challenge
Silver at 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver at 2015 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
Silver at 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show
Silver at 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition
Bronze at 2015 The Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
Bronze at 2015 International Wine and Spirit Competition
Bronze at 2014 VISY Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
Bronze at 2014 Melbourne Wine Show
RAY JORDAN, WEST AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 2015
95/100 – ‘Wow, there’s plenty happening in this deep, rich and super-concentrated Barossa shiraz. Loads of dark chocolate and mocha plum-pudding characters. A sprinkle of spices and some nice coffee oak influence provide further enticing complexity. There’s power, yet admirable control and finesse. Terrific.’
BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2016
BOB CAMPBELL, NEW ZEALAND, 2015
JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016
93 Points - 'Seems to have looked to McLaren Vale and borrowed some of that region's dark chocolate signature, but also added the depth of Barossa Valley shiraz in a top vintage, and thrown in a bucket of firm, savoury/earthy tannins for good measure. Demands further time in bottle.'
WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER, JANUARY, 2015
92 Points – ‘Supple and expressive, with a layer of firm tannins, showing tea leaf and tar overtones to the dark berry and spice flavours. Comes together harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2016 through 2022.- H.S.’
THE WINE FRONT, CAMPBELL MATTISON, NOVEMBER 2014
92 Points – ‘You wouldn’t want to be oak averse, that’s for certain. This lays syrupy, toasty, chocolatey oak on pretty thick. The accompanying presser suggests that it’s moving towards a more “elegant, silky palate structure” but it’s hard to find elegance at this early stage of its life. Grunty tannin, full-bodied dark berried fruit, gum leaf notes, and a firm, extractive finish. It needs time. For volume of fruit, and smoothness of texture, it however cannot be faulted.’
WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE - 2016
WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION
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