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Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Valley William Randell 2004

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

The 2001 Shiraz William Randall, the most expensive offering I tasted from Thorn-Clarke, did not score as high as the 2002 Shiraz Shotfire Ridge. Nevertheless, it is a serious effort displaying a deep purple color along with aromas of chocolate, mint, blackberries, and cassis. Revealing good delineation along with plenty of power, tannin, and depth, it should drink well for 10-15 years. That's an advantage over its Shotfire Ridge, Terra Barossa, and Milton Park siblings. Readers who missed the reviews in issue #147 should realize that Thorn-Clarke produces a bevy of extraordinary bargains.

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Thorn-Clarke:
The Thorn-Clarke family already has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry. We take a long-term view of the future and our goal is unashamedly to be still growing grapes and making wine for another six generations. We recognise and value the role that our suppliers, distributors, retailers and customers play in this goal and we ... Read more
The Thorn-Clarke family already has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry. We take a long-term view of the future and our goal is unashamedly to be still growing grapes and making wine for another six generations. We recognise and value the role that our suppliers, distributors, retailers and customers play in this goal and we seek to develop sustainable partnerships based on loyalty, trust and quality. Read less

External Reviews for Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Valley William Randell

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2001 Shiraz William Randall, the most expensive offering I tasted from Thorn-Clarke, did not score as high as the 2002 Shiraz Shotfire Ridge. Nevertheless, it is a serious effort displaying a deep purple color along with aromas of chocolate, mint, blackberries, and cassis. Revealing good delineation along with plenty of power, tannin, and depth, it should drink well for 10-15 years. That's an advantage over its Shotfire Ridge, Terra Barossa, and Milton Park siblings. Readers who missed the reviews in issue #147 should realize that Thorn-Clarke produces a bevy of extraordinary bargains.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Displays rich, ripe fruit, dense dark plums and cassis wrapped in layers of coffee and vanilla.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The impressive, full-bodied, opaque ruby/purple-colored 2002 Shiraz William Randall offers a classic combination of blackberries, licorice, pepper, spice box, underbrush, camphor, and a touch of mint. With great structure, concentration, and definition, it requires 1-2 years of cellaring, and should age for 10-15 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Inky ruby. Deep, brooding, primary nose reluctantly yields scents of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, blackcurrant, chocolate, espresso, vanilla, cured tobacco and candied licorice. Deep and packed with ripe, concentrated fruit, with exotic oak spice notes and a subtle vanilla quality folding seamlessly into the wild array of suave dark berry flavors. Finishes with broad, chewy tannins and a late hit of cherry skin. It would be a shame to open this anytime soon, but if you must, at least give it a few hours in a decanter.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Readers looking for an Australian imitation of a Marthaandrsquo;s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa should check out Thorn-Clarkeandrsquo;s 2004 Shiraz William Randell. Huge, minty, black cherry, and blackberry aromas jump from the glass of this intense red. It bears an unreal resemblance to some of the pre-1985 vintages of Heitz Marthaandrsquo;s Vineyard. Full-bodied, with moderate tannin, and an extremely long finish, it will be even better with 2andndash;3 years of bottle age, and should last for 15 plus.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The flagship red from the makers of the Milton Park, Terra Barossa and Shotfire Ridge labels. Sinfully rich and smooth, with luscious complexity - layers of fruit and spice, particularly black and white pepper, are just waiting to unfold in your mouth. Bold, and yet beautiful. A real winner!


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

Readers looking for an Australian imitation of a Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa should check out Thorn-Clarke’s 2004 Shiraz William Randell. Huge, minty, black cherry, and blackberry aromas jump from the glass of this intense red. It bears an unreal resemblance to some of the pre-1985 vintages of Heitz Martha’s Vineyard. Full-bodied, with moderate tannin, and an extremely long finish, it will be even better with 2–3 years of bottle age, and should last for 15 plus.



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Sugar: 6.40 g/l grams per liter

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