Thorn Clarke "William Randell" Shiraz 2017
(Barossa Valley, Australia) - [WS 91] [WE 90]
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Appellation: Barossa Valley
Varietal: 100% Shiraz
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 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.
Deep red with inky purple hues. This classic Barossa style shows rich blackberry, licorice, 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 savory and long with spicy refined finish.
Ratings & Reviews
"Generous, ripe and plump, featuring flavors of spiced plum, raspberry preserves and kirsch that are fresh and vibrant, with details of blood orange, violet, star anise and gingerbread. Shows terrific focus and persistence, singing on the finish. Drink now through 2035. 500 cases made, 120 cases imported." - MW
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Less jammy than the previous vintage, this is still a beast of a wine, but one with some layers and nuance. The nose is a dense combo of charred oak, golden beet, fleshy plum, licorice root, coffee bean and earthy spices. Muscular tannins on the palate are chalky, while the fruit feels satiny. The oak is in the foreground now but should integrate with time. Don't touch this anytime soon. Drink 2023–2035. Christina Pickard" - (7/1/2020)