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.
Thorn-Clarke William Randell Barossa Shiraz 2018