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Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Valley William Randell 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red / purple colour, the nose is very lifted and spicy with layers of dark chocolate, mocha and Christmas cake. The palate is rich and full bodied with blackberries, cassis and mocha oak notes which characterise this intensely flavoured Barossa Valley Shiraz. The wine is mouth filling and satisfying with its creamy, unctuous texture and packs in fine silky tannins. The wine has great length with lingering flavours of blackberry fruit and chocolate oak. ‘This represents the best release under the William Randell label to date’ Derek Fitzgerald - Winemaker

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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

Member Reviews for Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Valley William Randell

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Snooth User: Matt Walker
84279561,447
4.70 5
02/16/2013

This wine shows the great potential of Australian Shiraz. The nose is quite aromatic with chocolate, holiday spices, and cassis. The pallette is rich and unctuous with mocha, blackberry, baking chocolate and pepper. Very long finish. Silky smooth tannins.


Snooth User: Matt Walker
84279561,447
4.00 5
07/23/2011

This wine shows the great potential of Australian Shiraz. The nose is quite aromatic with chocolate, holiday spices, and cassis. The pallette is rich and unctuous with mocha, blackberry, baking chocolate and pepper. Very long finish. Silky smooth tannins.


External Reviews for Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Valley William Randell

External Review
Vintage: 2005 04/21/2010

Kräftig Dunkelrot. In der Nase ein Feuerwerk von Himbeeren, Zwetschgen, Kirschen und Tabakblätter. Im Gaumen explosiv mit Aromen von schwarzen Kirschen, karamellisierten Feigen und Kaffe kombiniert mit Röstaromen und Vanille.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 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
Vintage: 2004 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 05/18/2011

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


External Review
Vintage: 2004 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
Vintage: 2004 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
Vintage: 2004 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.


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Deep red / purple colour, the nose is very lifted and spicy with layers of dark chocolate, mocha and Christmas cake. The palate is rich and full bodied with blackberries, cassis and mocha oak notes which characterise this intensely flavoured Barossa Valley Shiraz. The wine is mouth filling and satisfying with its creamy, unctuous texture and packs in fine silky tannins. The wine has great length with lingering flavours of blackberry fruit and chocolate oak. ‘This represents the best release under the William Randell label to date’ Derek Fitzgerald - Winemaker

Closure: Cork

Aged 22 months in French and American Oak.

Notes: 50% French, 50% American; 100% New

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15% pH: 3.46
Total Acidity: 6.79 grams per liter

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