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William Randell Shiraz
Thorn Clarke
Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley

The William Randell range of wines were created in honor of our family ancestor - the esteemed pioneer William Richard Randell (1824 - 1911). The wines are sourced solely from grapes grown on our estate vineyards. Wines in this range are only made in exceptional vintages.

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.

Specifications
Appellation
Barossa Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Shiraz
Vinification
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.

Reviews and News

2017 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 95 PTS - HWC

2017 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 95 PTS - HWC

halliday logo"From the estate St Kitts and Milton Park Vineyards, night-harvested, each block separately vinified in 4t open fermenters, matured for 18 months in American oak (40% new). A powerful, full-bodied shiraz with blackberry fruit, tannins and oak all driving the long palate. The absorption of the oak into the fabric of the wine is particularly impressive."
- Halliday Wine Companion (August 2020), 95 pts

2017 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 91 PTS - WS

2017 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 91 PTS - WS

wine spectator 91 pts"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. - MaryAnn WOROBIEC"

- Wine Spectator (April 2020), 91 pts

2017 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 90 PTS & Cellar Selection - WE

2017 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 90 PTS & Cellar Selection - WE

wine enthusiast 89 pts"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"

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (June/July 2020), 90 pts + Cellar Selection

2016 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 93-95 PTS - WA

2016 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 93-95 PTS - WA

wa"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

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2016 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 90 PTS - HWC

2016 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 90 PTS - HWC

halliday logo"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"

- Halliday Wine Companion, 90 pts

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2015 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - SILVER - Outstanding - IWSC

2015 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - SILVER - Outstanding - IWSC

iwsc silver outstanding 2017SILVER MEDAL - OUTSTANDING
- International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017

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2015 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 93 PTS - WA

2015 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"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

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2015 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 89 PTS - WE

2015 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 89 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 89 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"

Wine Enthusiast (April 1st 2019), 89 pts

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2014 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 92 PTS - VINOUS

"vinous logo 250(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

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2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Gold Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition

2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Gold Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition

san francisco competition goldGold Medal - 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition

 

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2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 93 PTS - WE

2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 93 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"A blend of northern Barossa and Eden Valley fruit, this is a firm, full-bodied wine. American oak-derived notes of vanilla and cedar frame crisp plum and blackberry fruit, then add dusty notes on the long finish. Drink 2018–2030."

Wine Enthusiast (August 2016), 93 pts

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2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 93 PTS - AWC

2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 93 PTS - AWC

"jhawc logo 250Seems to have looked to McLaren Vale and borrowed some of that region's dark chocolate signature, but also added the depth of Barossa Valley shiraz in a top vintage, and thrown in a bucket of firm, savoury/earthy tannins for good measure. Demands further time in bottle. - James Halliday"

- Australian Wine Companion (Issue 2016), 93 pts

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2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 92 PTS - WS

2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"Supple and expressive, with a layer of firm tannins, showing tea leaf and tar overtones to the dark berry and spice flavors. Comes together harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. - HS"

- Wine Spectator's Insider (January 21st 2015), 92 pts

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2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2012 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - 92 PTS - VINOUS

"vinous logo 250(raised in 40% new American oak barrels for 14 months): Inky ruby. Spicy, exotically perfumed aromas of cassis, cherry liqueur and fresh violet are complicated by a smoky mineral quality. Sappy, sweet and expansive, offering deeply pitched flavors of bitter cherry, dark berries, vanilla and espresso. The vanilla note lingers on a long, seamless finish that shows just a hint of supple tannins. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (March 2016), 92 pts

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2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Silver - Speigelau IWComp NZ

2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Silver - Speigelau IWComp NZ

 

SILVER AT 2012 SPEIGELAU INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION (NZ)

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2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Silver - Melbourne Wine Show

2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Silver - Melbourne Wine Show

 

SILVER AT 2012 MELBOURNE WINE SHOW

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2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Silver - Adelaide Wine Show

2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Silver - Adelaide Wine Show

 

SILVER AT 2012 ADELAIDE WINE SHOW

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2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Korea Wine Challange

2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Korea Wine Challange

 

SEAL OF APPROVAL AT 2012 KOREA WINE CHALLENGE

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2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - IWChallange

2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - IWChallange

 

2013 International Wine Challenge: 2010 William Randell Shiraz

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2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Gold - New Zealnad IWShow

2010 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz - Gold - New Zealnad IWShow

 

GOLD AT 2012 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINE SHOW

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Producer Information: Thorn Clarke

The name Thorn-Clarke represents the union between two families with deep roots in the Barossa Valley and six generations of grape growing. Cheryl Clarke’s (née Thorn) family were some of ...
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