"(40 percent new American oak) Youthful purple. Powerful, deep-pitched black and blue fruit, licorice, vanilla and violet scents are sharpened by mineral and peppery spice nuances. Broad, sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering concentrated boysenberry and cherry compote flavors accented by allspice and coconut notes. Shows surprising energy for its heft and finishes with impressive energy and supple tannins that are quickly absorbed by the lush dark fruit. - Josh Raynolds" - Vinous (Australia Brings the Brawn and the Beauty, October 2017), 92 pts
"This is a pretty massive wine, oozing with raisiny blackberry fruit and coffee, cola and vanilla. The palate is a mouthcoating blanket of plush, juicy fruit and drying, rather blocky tannins. - CHRISTINA PICKARD"
"The 2015 William Randell Shiraz comes from the far north of the Barossa Valley and was aged 14 months in American oak (40% new). Vanilla and boysenberries feature prominently, alongside baking spices and powdered cocoa. It's full-bodied and plush but then comes to a crisp, tart finish. - Joe Czerwinski" - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue # 238, August 31st 2018), 93 pts
"The fruit was crushed into a number of small fermenters, each kept as a separate lot, and after fermentation pressed to American barriques (40% new) for 18 months maturation, the best barrels chosen for this wine. - James Halliday"
"Stereotypical Oz Shiraz to some extent, the 2016 William Randell Shiraz is big, ripe and heavily accented by American oak. Cedar and vanilla notes blend with rich, plummy fruit, those sweet notes brought together and balanced by savoury dry tannins. It's a big-ass steak wine, one that will be appreciated by consumers at steakhouses around the world. - Joe Czerwinski" - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue # 238, August 31st 2018), 93-95 pts