Thorn-Clarke William Randell Barossa Shiraz 2018
A full on, volume turned up to 11 kind of Barossa shiraz. It’s loud and proud, ripe and bold. It’s the full she-bang of ripe Barossan fruit starting with blood plums, blackberry, chocolate, mocha, leather aromas. And spice, there’s a world of spice here. Sweet, dark fruits, woodsy oak fill the mouth, intense and concentrated and just a touch hot. Roaming throughout is a thread of mint/eucalypt which I find very attractive and enticing. It’s a personal thing. Some wine judges don’t like to see too much eucalypt, the feeling is it can hide/disguise the fruit. I like to see it in balance – such as here – because it speaks of the Australian landscape, where the grapes come from. It’s all part of the complex mix of scents, flavours, textures and feel of this wine. Very Barossan.