A 'lifted' nose of dark fruits, lovely choc oak and nutmeg spice, this is complemented on the palate by excellent length of fruit flavour which is balanced by silky smooth tannins. Aged 18 months in American and French hogsheads. 60% new and 40% in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
The Year 2002: The best vintage in the Barossa Valley in more than a decade. A very cool and mild summer provided an extremely long ripening period, resulting in fruit with perfectly balanced acidity and baume. This wine is strictly an individual barrel selection, with only the best barrels used. William Randell Shiraz has all the power you would expect from a Barossa Valley Shiraz, while retaining the finesse and complexity of a world-class wine.
Background: This wine is the flagship of the Thorn-Clarke range - the William Randell Shiraz. No expense is spared in the uncompromising quality selection of Barossa fruit or the maturation regime in American and French oak barrels. Named in honour of a family descendant who built and captained paddle steamers on the River Murray last century, this wine can rightfully claim super-premium status. Aimed at the serious wine drinker and collector, the William Randell Shiraz will repay extended cellaring. Awarded 92 Points (Robert Parker).