Thorn Clarke "William Randell" Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Eden Valley, Australia) - [HWC 96] [WS 90]

Thorn Clarke "William Randell" Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
(Eden Valley, Australia) - [HWC 96] [WS 90]


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Notes From The Winemaker:
The William Randell range of wines were created in honor of the family ancestor - the esteemed pioneer William Richard Randell (1824 - 1911). The wines are sourced solely from grapes grown on the family estate vineyards. Wines in this range are only made in exceptional vintages.

Appellation: Eden Valley
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinification

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 degrees). 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 French 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.

Tasting Notes

Deep, inky red in color. Lifted blackcurrant and blackberry on the nose with hints of eucalypt. The palate shows depth and power with generous pure Cabernet fruit and supple, long tannins. Balanced French oak adds some savory spice to the wine. Will age well for many years.

Ratings & Reviews

96 Points - Halliday Wine Companion:
"From the cool Milton Park and St Kitts Vineyards, destemmed, open-fermented, 10 days on skins, matured for 16 months in French hogsheads (35% new). The vintage was made to measure for cabernet in this district, the wine revelling in its full-bodied guise. Blackcurrant, black olive, dark chocolate and cedar sweep you along – relax and enjoy it." - (August 2020)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Elegant and polished, with a distinctive floral overtone to the plum and kirsch flavors. Lush and rich, this shows off details of dark chocolate, black licorice and baking spices, finishing with a thread of cedar and firming tannins. Drink now through 2035. 275 cases made, 50 cases imported." - MW